Unless your furnace or air conditioner completely breaks down, you may not know that it is time to replace your unit. Replacing your unit before your existing HVAC system breaks can save you discomfort and hassle while ensuring you have time to research replacements and make the best purchase decision for your household. Watch for these signs that will clue you in that your HVAC’s time is almost up.
When to Replace Your Plano, TX Air Conditioner
The following are warning signs that your air conditioner is nearing the end of its service life and that it’s time to start investigating AC replacement options:
- Your air conditioner isn’t producing cold air. This could be an indicator of a malfunctioning compressor or low refrigerant levels; both defects require extensive repairs.
- Airflow is poor. Your home isn’t receiving the same level of cooling it used to, even when your vents are open and clear.
- There is moisture and water leakage around the air conditioner. This can be a sign of a serious and potentially hazardous refrigerant leak, especially in older systems that do not use environmentally friendly Puron. Water pooling around your air conditioner can cause damage to your home and its contents, while causing mold growth.
- Your air conditioner is making sudden, unusual sounds. These are not regular noises that occur when a cooling cycle starts or stops, or the hum of the air conditioner running. Squealing, grinding, banging, and rattling are all cause for concern.
- In air conditioning systems paired with zoning, some zones aren’t adequately cooled. If the thermostat is working properly but your air conditioner isn’t keeping certain zones comfortable, its performance is lacking.
- The air conditioner is 10 to 15 years old. That’s about the average service life of an air conditioner. With proper maintenance, you may get a few more years out of it. Replacing an outdated system with newer, high-efficiency systems offers better performance and subsequent savings.
- Frequent repairs are required. Air conditioners experience more frequent repair needs in their last few years of service life. If you’re calling us often for repairs, it may be a better idea to spend that money on an air conditioner replacement.
When to Replace Your Plano, TX Furnace
The following signs can indicate your furnace is nearing the end of its service life and it’s time to replace:
- Your furnace is between 16 to 20 years old. This is the average service life of a furnace, so it’s time to prepare for replacement. If your furnace has a pilot light, it is likely over 25 years old – which means it’s time to replace it now!
- Your utility bills are getting higher with no other explanation. Furnaces lose efficiency over their lifetime. Spare yourself sky high heating bills by replacing your unit with a new, higher-efficiency model.
- Your furnace has needed frequent repairs in the last few years. Just like air conditioners, furnace experience more breakdowns in their last few useful years – evaluate whether it’s better to invest your repair dollars into buying a new model.
- Your furnace isn’t keeping rooms comfortable. If you experience uneven temperatures throughout your home, your furnace isn’t able to keep up with your heating demand.
- The furnaces’ burner flame is yellow, not blue. Flickering or yellow flames can be an indicator of carbon monoxide leaking. Other signs include soot streaks, rusty flue pipes, and water leaks around the chimney base, vent or flue.
- Your furnace makes strange noises. Like the air conditioner signs, these are not the operating noises you’re used to. Strange, sudden noises indicate potentially serious problems.
- Your family is suffering flu-like symptoms. Carbon monoxide leaks caused by cracked heat exchangers can be slow, causing signs that resemble the flu, as well as nausea, disorientation, and headache. If you experience these symptoms, open a window or door to the furnace area and get everyone out of the home before calling your gas company or fire department.
Time for a furnace or air conditioning replacement? Call All Service Heat and Air for high-quality HVAC equipment backed by reliable installation services.