Knowing when the time is right to invest in a new HVAC system can be a bit challenging. As long as your current HVAC system offers an acceptable level of comfort and efficiency, you might not have any plans to replace your current heating and cooling equipment. However, your current system won't last forever.
When should you replace your old HVAC system? Consider the following situations to decide if it’s time for a newer, more efficient, model.
1. Your HVAC System Is Nearing the Last Years of Its Lifespan
Most central HVAC systems are designed to offer up to 15 years of reliable service before requiring replacement. Some models can last even longer with the right amount of care and upkeep. However, keeping an HVAC system beyond its 15-year lifespan offers diminishing returns in terms of performance, reliability, and energy efficiency.
If your current system is over 10 years old, you should plan on a replacement within the next five years. This should give you plenty of time to consider your options and choose the best HVAC equipment for your home's heating and cooling needs.
2. Your System Suffers From Multiple Issues
Uneven temperatures, poor air flow, and short cycling are just some of the problems your HVAC system could potentially face during its lifetime. The older your equipment gets, the greater the likelihood of your HVAC system facing these issues.
If these problems are getting in the way of your home's heating and cooling comfort, then it's time to consider an HVAC replacement.
3. You're Renovating Your Home
Your HVAC system is custom tailored to your home's heating and cooling needs. A complete home makeover can change those needs in a big way, resulting in a system that's unable to maintain its original performance.
A home renovation offers a perfect opportunity to renovate your entire HVAC system from the ground up. A renovation gives your technician a clean slate to work with, making it easier to incorporate the latest in HVAC technology into your home.
Once renovations are complete, you'll have an HVAC system whose performance matches your home's heating and cooling needs.
4. You're Selling Your Home
Your HVAC system can have just as much of an impact on your home's resale value as any other feature. Older HVAC equipment can trigger a buyer's fears of impending breakdowns and expensive repairs, even if you've kept it in excellent shape throughout its life. Many home buyers simply feel better about buying a new home with new HVAC equipment.
Installing a new HVAC system in your home prior to putting it on the market can give your home a well-needed edge in a competitive housing market. A fresh HVAC install also boosts your home's market value -- and asking price -- by a relatively modest amount.
5. Your HVAC Equipment Has Become Obsolete
Change is the one constant you can always depend on in a technologically-advanced world, especially when it comes to your HVAC equipment. Your HVAC system might've been cutting edge 10 years ago, but recent advances in technology can easily make your current system outtdated.
For instance, the recent industry-wide switch to R-410a refrigerant has left older HVAC systems, which are reliant on R-22, obsolete.
Obsolete HVAC systems can prove difficult for technicians to service due to hard-to-find parts and outdated HVAC standards. To avoid the expense and inefficiency of maintaining obsolete equipment, you're better off replacing your older system with the latest available equipment.
When you feel the time is right to have your HVAC system replaced, turn to the experts at Heatcraft Heating & Cooling for quality installation and service. Contact us today for a no-obligation estimate.