When to Replace HVAC? 5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Heater Now

That obnoxious squeak coming from your furnace is not normal. If you’ve noticed some unusual noises or are wincing at your monthly heating bill, it may be time to upgrade your heater. Gorman Mechanical outlines the top five signs that indicate when it’s time to replace your HVAC.

1. Your Heating System Is at Least 10 Years Old – If you have had your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling) system for ten years or longer, it’s likely time to upgrade it. Older furnace systems range only from 56% to 70% efficiency. Modern systems may run at up to 99% efficiency. As technology increases, most new systems convert all fuel or energy to useful heat, helping to greatly reduce your monthly bills.

2. Weird Noises – As mentioned above, loud or strange noises indicate your system is not healthy. Best-case scenario you need a tune-up; worst-case scenario may require a full replacement.

Specific noises that warrant immediate inspection include rumbling, booming, squeaking, and clanking. Potential issues may range from a simple pilot light adjustment to a series of broken parts that spell upgrade. Your best bet is to not ignore the warning signs. Be proactive to prevent more trouble and exorbitant spending down the road.

3. Old Ducts – Your ancient ducts may be leading to inconsistent heating throughout your home. If you notice some rooms are too hot and some are too cold, you may be having duct problems.

When ducts are working efficiently, they distribute air properly throughout your home. If they are clogged or are leaky, your ducts can’t do their job, forcing your HVAC unit to work too hard for disproportionately little heat output. Calling an HVAC technician will help you determine if you simply need to seal your ducts or replace them all together.

4. Humidity Issues – Especially in North Texas where humidity can be a problem, outdated equipment and leaky ductwork can cause your internal air to be too dry in the winter and too moist in the summer. By upgrading to a newer, more efficient model, you can easily reduce dry winter air that triggers sinuses and allergies. A better unit will also preserve your home’s porous materials, such as woodwork, floors, pianos, and other treasured valuables.

5. Inefficient Thermostat – If your thermostat is old, you may be blocking your home’s efficiency when you leave for long periods of time every day. Without a programmable thermostat, you don’t have a way of accurately turning down the temperature when you are away. By switching to a smart or programmable thermostat, you’ll find a whole range of models that work in conjunction with your smart phone or wi-fi, allowing you to program it remotely and carefully regulate your home’s temperature to save on energy you don’t need to be consuming it.

With all these signs to look for, you’ll be able to accurately know when to replace your HVAC. If you have any questions or need our help to recommend models and products, contact us today at Gorman Mechanical.

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