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6 Signs Your HVAC System is Failing

If your HVAC system fails, you have two choices. Continue putting more money into the current system, or install a new, more cost-effective, heating and air conditioning system. Often, this can be a difficult choice to make, as knowing what to do from a financial point of view can be a bit complicated.

The fact is, if you hold on to your old HVAC system too long, inferior performance and expensive maintenance can lead to much higher costs. At the same time, you would like to know you’ve gotten the most from your current HVAC system before putting more money into a new one.

Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) technicians help homeowners identify the ultimate HVAC systems that fit their needs.

So, just when is it the best time to replace your tired old HVAC system? Well, one obvious reply is the moment it begins to fail. But, is that not too late? How much cash have you already lost in repair and maintenance costs and high power and fuel bills due to an inefficient heating system?

Signs to Watch For With a Failing HVAC System

If your HVAC system is over 15 years old, it may be time to think about replacement1 – Your System Is Old

If your HVAC system is more than 15 (fifteen) years old, it’s time to think about modernizing your system. Setting up a whole new, cost-effective version before the old one breaks-down could prevent needless repair expenses and discomfort when your old system won’t heat or cool efficiently.

Even when the system is more than 15 years old you may feel it still has some years left, but it is likely not performing at its peak performance. The best plan is usually to buy a new HVAC system that features the ENERGY STAR label. This specific label is very important considering that when properly installed, these systems may save about twenty percent on heating and cooling bills.

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2 – Escalating Energy Bills

With electricity and fuel continuing to get more expensive, the last thing you need is higher energy costs due to an aging HVAC system.

A new HVAC system today is often times 50% to 60% more efficient than systems built ten years ago. In addition, infrequent maintenance and ordinary wear and tear can lower the effectiveness of the system. So, if you’re faced with a pricey repair or anxious about higher energy costs, you may want to go ahead and replace your HVAC system to save money in the long run.

The money saved on your electric bill will provide you with a nice return on your investment. Also, if you finance your new system, be sure the money saved on your utility bill each month is factored into the purchase to determine your true “return on investment.”

Anytime you replace an appliance, look for an ENERGY STAR product. With the exception of boilers, they’re up to 15% more efficient in comparison with non-ENERGY STAR products.

3 – Regular Maintenance

Chances are if your HVAC system has experienced problems during the past 24 months, this could be a sign of an aging system and it might be the perfect time to get a new one. It won’t take very long for you to realize a nice return on your investment decision for acquiring a more cost-effective system once you begin saving money on your electric bill, not to mention fewer maintenance costs. Most new HVAC systems come with a 10 year warranty on parts and labor, meaning that your repair bills will be a thing of the past for the next 10 years.

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4 – Strange Noises

Any types of strange noises coming out of your HVAC system needs to be inspected by an expert. Something to watch for is a blower fan that is making strange sounds. Just keep in mind that all machinery makes their very own characteristic and quirky noises, so pay any attention for noises that are not standard in your system.

5 – Inadequate Air Quality

If you can’t keep airborne dirt and dust around your house under control, it may be an indicator that your HVAC system is simply too small for the air exchange or that the system is growing older.

If you experience serious dryness or moisture inside your home, you’ll take pleasure in an upgraded HVAC system that may also include more advanced bells and whistles like a central whole home humidifier.

6 – Some Rooms Too Cold or Hot

Is your home comfortable in each room? An efficient HVAC system will keep your family cozy throughout the house. When you see levels of discomfort, have a look at updating or repairing your HVAC system. Watch out for rooms that are not as comfortable as before, increased dust, or indications of moisture that could cause mold.

These signs to watch for in your HVAC system have been brought to you by Brown and Reaves Services, Inc., Serving the entire Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area. Call us today: 843-497-9867. Remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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