2017 is here! And, with the New Year comes the promise of new beginnings. Generally, people initiate resolutions to get healthier, fitter, and happier–but have you considered the health of your HVAC system? It may seem a bit silly, but homeowners should seriously be thinking of their HVAC system’s shelf life with each passing year.
Should you replace your HVAC system in 2017?
The lifespan of an HVAC unit is generally in the 15-year range, depending on several factors, such as the type of unit and how often the system was used. We offer a few general guidelines for whether or not your HVAC system may need replaced in 2017:
The System’s Age
This is an important aspect to consider when thinking about whether or not to purchase a new HVAC system for your home: how old is your current unit? Unfortunately, HVAC systems become less efficient as they age; even if your system appears to be in working order, it could be costing you a lot more over the long run than simply upgrading would cost. If your unit is over 10 years old (both heating and/or cooling units), be sure to have your system properly inspected to see how much longer it may last.
If you continue to use your older system beyond its means, it could end up costing you a lot of money, not to mention, it could be doing more harm than good to the overall air quality in your home.
Increased Utility Bills
If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, this could be a telltale sign that your HVAC system is working over its capacity to keep up with your home comfort.
If you’ve kept your thermostat at the same settings year after year but your energy costs have increased, this could be the fault of an outdated system.
Newer high efficiency units are not only better for the environment, they can help you save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs over the course of a year.
When your home is having trouble with either excessive humidity or not enough, causing the air to feel both too humid during the summer and too dry in the winter, it could indicate a faulty HVAC system. Leaks in ductwork and/or a defective system could be the cause of the uncomfortable air in your home.
Hearing Strange Noises
If you hear unusual noises–particularly loud or knocking noises—coming from your HVAC system, then it’s time to call in a professional. An HVAC service technician will be able to assess whether your system just needs repaired, or if it’s past its prime and needs a full replacement. Don’t ignore troubling noises coming from your HVAC system, give us a call today 650-285-4666.
We at Grant Mechanical Inc. have our customers’ best interests in mind. We have been proudly serving both residential and commercial customers in the Redwood City area for over a decade and specialize in every aspect of HVAC systems, including maintenance, repairs and installation of new systems. If you think your unit may need serviced or replaced, give us a call and experience our professional service backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.