When Is it Time to Replace Your HVAC System?
Consider these three questions:
- Is your current HVAC system for more than 10 years?
- Does it seem like your AC just can’t keep up?
- Would you like to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system that not only works better but also reduces your monthly utility bills?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to consider replacing your HVAC system.
Signs of Age and Blood Letting
Don’t delay replacing your HVAC until outside temperatures soar and your AC is blowing nothing but hot air. Why? You’ve already wasted too much money by then.
That’s right. Even when the outside temperatures aren’t unbearable yet, your old air conditioner is already working overtime, draining cash from your wallet. Your very own noisy mechanical vampire is sucking you dry!
Why not plan for the replacement when it’s convenient for you and when your AC company is readily available? Look for these telltale signs to determine whether you should consider making the switch:
- Your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old.
- Your HVAC unit needs frequent repairs.
- Your utility bills go up every month.
- Some rooms in your home are too hot while others are too cold.
- Your thermostat isn’t programmable so you constantly have to adjust it manually.
- Your home is too humid.
- Your home seems to always be dusty.
- Your HVAC system is noisy.
While repairs on malfunctioning equipment like the motor or compressor may be possible, they won’t be cheap, and the more cost-effective solution might be to replace your system.
All or Nothing?
If you’re replacing your HVAC equipment, one of the options could be to replace only part of the system, such as the outdoor or the indoor unit. While that would save you a few dollars up front, it might not be the best choice for the long term. You want to be sure that all the parts of your HVAC system work together properly.
Mismatched HVAC Can Cost You Money
A mismatched system is more likely to have service problems later. It also won’t be as energy efficient as a totally new system. The ductwork may not be the right size for your new system. And finally, the replaced parts might not come with a warranty if they’re to be used with an existing system. Don’t fix your vampire; drive a stake through it!
Choosing the Right HVAC System
Every location is different. HVAC systems should be chosen based on the unique characteristics of your home. Select a unit that’s too small and it won’t be able to keep up when the temperatures soar. Select one that’s too big and you’ll not only spend more, you’ll also have difficulty controlling the temperature and humidity in your home.
A professional HVAC contractor can perform a load calculation to determine the capacity needed and the correct distribution of air to each room.
Expect These Great Benefits
Changing to a new HVAC system has a significant upside. The new system is likely to be much more efficient, saving you dollars on your monthly utility bills. It’s also likely to be more effective, cooling your home more quickly and quietly, especially when temperatures are extreme.
Your new system may even have some of today’s innovative comfort features such as two- stage compressors, variable speed fans, programmable thermostats, and automatic temperature/humidity controls. The end result will be a reliable system that consistently performs well, providing comfort, peace of mind, and extra money to spend on something more fun than utility bills.
How to Select an HVAC Contractor
When you’re ready to consider a new HVAC unit, you’ll want to find an HVAC company you can trust. Since they’ll determine the type of system you need and will install it, you’ll want to work with people who are knowledgeable and can explain your options.
Inquire about the contractor’s license, national-association memberships such as the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), and certification of its technicians by NATE (North American Technician Excellence). The contractor should also have proof of adequate insurance.
Obtain two or three written estimates for the work. The contractors should come to your home and do full inspections before providing their recommendations and pricing. They should also be able to give you some ballpark numbers as to the cost of operating the system. Finally, they should give you a timeline for when the work can be done.
When looking at prices, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. You don’t want to end up with an undersized system that you chose because it was the least expensive option.
For Charlottesville HVAC Replacements, Contact Fitch Services
Whether you need HVAC replacements, repairs, or maintenance service, Fitch Services is ready to help. Since 1983, we’ve served the Charlottesville, VA area and have earned a reputation for quality products and workmanship. We give free estimates and second opinions. Contact us today to discuss your HVAC needs.