How do you know when it’s time to replace your Cincinnati home’s HVAC? At Nelson Comfort, we get asked that question a lot. It’s an investment to purchase a new system, and homeowners want to know when they should finally make that decision. Summer is a great season to consider replacing your HVAC system. Here are three ways your HVAC might be telling you it’s time to replace your system.
The Age of Your Current HVAC System
Most HVAC systems have a useful life of somewhere between 15 and 20 years. Professional maintenance can help extend the life of your system. If you have an older system, it may be time to consider looking for a new one. Nelson Comfort provides a free estimate for new HVAC system installations.
Repair Costs Adding Up to Fix Your HVAC System
Frequent or costly breakdowns are another sign that your HVAC system is ready to replace. Homeowners want to know when the cost of a repair becomes too high to fix it. This depends on how old your current system is and what the cost to get a new one will be. A widely used rule of thumb is that if the cost of repairs is estimated at 50% or more of the cost of a new furnace, it’s time to replace. This is generally true regardless of the age.
If the repairs are less expensive, factor in the age of the furnace. The older the unit, the more likely it’s a good idea to replacing it. If the unit is close to the end of its useful life, then even a small repair may lead to more repairs and more expense.
Higher Energy Bills
If you’ve noticed that your heating and cooling bills have begun to rise, it could be a good indication that your system isn’t working to optimal levels. Maybe you haven’t seen any costly repairs but have noticed that your energy bills have been going up over the years. You could be losing efficiency. Nelson Comfort trained professionals are glad to assist in comparing rates of your current unit to newly available ones.
If your HVAC system is older, your repair costs are adding up or your energy bills are rising, it may be time to have a new HVAC system installed. Call the NATE-certified technicians at Nelson Comfort today to have any of your questions answered or schedule an appointment for a free estimate for a new HVAC installation.