There are few things as nice as walking into a warm, cozy home on a cold winter day, or a comfortable, cool home in the middle of summer. Your heating & air conditioning system plays a crucial role in keeping you, your family, and your home comfortable all year long.
Since the system takes such good care of you, it’s important to return the favor. Annual preventive maintenance is an excellent place to start; the technician will tell you when it’s time to consider replacing your system. However, you don’t have to wait for a professional to examine your HVAC system. If any of the below warning signs appear, it’s time to call Triple-T Plumbing for help.
You Can’t Remember When the System Was Installed
With heating and air conditioning systems, age is a crucial consideration. Heat pumps and air conditioners usually last for about ten years before they need to be replaced. A boiler or furnace will often go a little longer, but when it’s over 15 years old, consider upgrading it to a newer and more efficient model.
Inconsistent Heating and Cooling Throughout the Home
Maybe the kitchen is always hot, while the living room stays cold. If some parts of your home never seem to hit the right temperature, the issue may lie in your heating and cooling system, or somewhere else, such as your ductwork or insulation. To be sure, get a professional to check.
Renovating a home is an exciting process, but it may have severe effects on your HVAC system. During significant renovations, it’s the right time to consider a new heating & air conditioning system, especially if the job includes the addition of new spaces to be heated or cooled.
A History of Poor Maintenance
While preventive maintenance is essential, some systems are better maintained than others are. Annual maintenance extends the life of an HVAC system, and a unit that hasn’t been regularly checked may stop working without warning.
The Inside of the Home is Dusty
Your indoor air quality is a direct reflection of your heating and cooling system. When you need to dust your furniture every day, it shows that the system isn’t working as it should.
High Utility Bills
Talk to friends, neighbors, and family members with similarly sized homes. If you are paying substantially more than they are for cooling and heating, it may be time to look at a newer and more efficient unit. Some of today’s high-efficiency HVAC units may help you save up to 20% on cooling and heating costs, which adds up over the years.
The Unit is Too Loud
Maybe the unit’s blower is always on, or the unit power cycles more often than it used to. And, when it does come on, it’s so loud that you have to shout over it. These are warning signs of a problem with the unit’s internal components, and an HVAC technician can evaluate the problem and find a reliable, cost-effective solution.
Heating or Cooling an Empty Home
If the family is gone for the entire day and the home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, you’re simply wasting money and energy. As a bonus, a programmable thermostat will adjust the temperature appropriately at night.
The System is Emitting Foul Odors
As in other areas, a bad odor is an indication of a real problem. If your HVAC system ever puts out a foul odor, call a technician and have it evaluated right away.
While we love it when you call us for help, frequent service calls are a sign that it’s time to replace the unit. These systems shouldn’t break down continually; when repairs become a constant, it’s time to consider your options for a replacement.
Once You’ve Got a New System, Take Good Care of It
When you’ve finally replaced that old, outdated HVAC unit, preventive maintenance will help to keep it running smoothly. Not only will it increase the system’s lifespan and help you enjoy comfortable temperatures all year long, but it will also improve indoor air quality and help you save on your utility bills.
Don’t wait for it to break down; call Triple-T Plumbing today for service, repairs, and installation. Our licensed and insured technicians are highly trained in order to provide you with the knowledgeable service our customers have come to expect from us.