Having a HVAC system that runs properly and controls your home climate efficiently is key to keeping your home comfortable. A system that is constantly breaking down or not keeping things at a comfortable temperature is a hassle, not to mention a drain on your wallet. But knowing when to repair or replace an entire system can be a difficult choice, especially if you are dealing with a company that may just want to make a sale. So how do you know what to do when dealing with a problem HVAC system?
Here at Brown Heating & Cooling, we are very proud of our track record of keeping HVAC systems up and running well beyond their expected lifespan. This beauty has been running smoothly for over 40 years! We’re big believers in only replacing entire systems when it makes sense to do so, but the final decision is ultimately up to our customers.
How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?
Common wisdom is that HVAC systems last between 10-15 years, but we have seen them last much longer with proper maintenance and care. The first step to having a long-lived heating and cooling system is to invest in a quality product. Purchasing an HVAC system from a company that is known for making quality products will help you get started on the right foot.
When Should I Replace My System?
There are a few factors that go into determining whether or not you should repair or replace your current system. The first, consider how often the system is breaking down. If your constantly running into issues that require costly repairs, it may be time to invest in a new system that won’t regularly surprise you with unexpected bills.
Next, make sure the system is meeting your heating and cooling needs. Do you constantly have issues with your air conditioner keeping up with hot summer days? Are you regularly turning up the heat in winter because it’s never warm enough? After doing a home evaluation to determine whether or not the HVAC system is actually a problem, you can then start the conversation on whether or not a new system can help to keep your home comfortable.
Finally, think about the savings of a more efficient system. HVAC systems with a higher SEER rating have the possibility of reducing heating and cooling bills, but only if they are used properly. If your current system is a major energy drain, and you are willing to commit to using a new system properly, then it may be time to make a switch.
What Can I Do To Make My Current System Last Longer?
If you don’t think you are at the point of needing a completely new HVAC system, there are a few things you can do to keep your current equipment up and running for years to come.
Schedule regular maintenance – Having a technician regularly inspect your system and provide proper servicing is one of the best things you can do to keep your system running smoothly. Professionals can look at HVAC equipment and know exactly where problems could be hiding and what can be done to prevent small issues from becoming large, expensive problems. Having a check in the spring and the fall will make sure your cooling and heating components are ready to get you through the roughest seasons of the year.
Keep things clean – Routinely checking vents and ducts for dirt, debris, and blockages can help to prevent airflow problems. Cleaning vents should be a part of your regular cleaning routine – if you notice that there is an unusual amount of dirt building up, it’s a sign that there may be an issue in the ducts.
Replace the filter regularly – We cannot stress the importance of clean filters enough! Dirty filters can cause all sorts of problems for your HVAC system, not to mention reduce the air quality inside your home. Remember to check them on a monthly basis, and if your filter is dirty it’s time to replace it with a fresh, clean one.
Help with heating & cooling – Just because your HVAC system can cool or heat your home without help doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reduce the load where you can. Keeping window treatments closed during hot summer months, or letting light in during the winter provides some natural help in maintaining your home’s climate. Using ventilation while cooking, shading your outdoor air conditioning unit, and installing ceiling fans are a few other ways to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system without investing in a costly replacement.
Landscape appropriately – Making sure that the outdoor components of your HVAC system have room to breathe can make a big difference in lifespan. Overgrown plants, falling fruit or berries, improper drainage, or landscaping features like walls that are too close to the outdoor unit can cause problems. Routinely do a check outside to make sure everything around the unit is clear and clean. In the event of bad weather, it’s also a good idea to secure anything that could act as a projectile and potentially damage your HVAC system.
Need advice on whether to repair or replace your system? Give us a call at (205) 871–8111 for a consultation.