When Should I Replace My Water Heater? And Other FAQs
Don’t be caught in the heat of summer or the dead of winter without a functional HVAC system! There are several components that make up your home’s HVAC system, and they can wear out over time due to age or poor maintenance. If you’ve been questioning the effectiveness of your heating, ventilation, or air conditioning units, you may be wondering what steps you should take next.
To help simplify the process, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about replacing an HVAC system. Our FAQ list has the details you need to make the right decision for your home!
How do I know when it’s time to replace my HVAC system?
There are several signs that your HVAC system may need some attention: high energy bills, poor performance, frequent repairs, odd smells or sounds, and older equipment. Consider calling a professional if you notice any of these going on in your home.
Whether or not you’ll need a replacement can depend on a number of factors: how often it’s used, the system’s overall efficiency, whether or not it’s meeting your needs, and the cost of repair vs. replacement.
How long do HVAC systems last?
As with any mechanical system in your home, average life expectancy can depend on overall product quality and how well it’s maintained. Therefore, you may want to begin the process of replacing your system if your current one is close to or over a decade old.
Tip: One simple way to help maintain your HVAC unit is by changing or cleaning the air filter at least once a month.
What are the different types of HVAC systems?
There are a handful of different systems: a split system between heat and air conditioning is the most common, a hybrid system offers gas and electric options to help control energy costs, duct-free systems include separate units in each room, and packaged heating and air systems are placed directly in the home’s attic or upper storage space. You could even opt for a completely customized solution!
What size air conditioning and heating system should I have?
Beyond just the type of HVAC system, it’s also important to consider the right size system for your home depending on its size and construction. Consult a professional to determine the proper solution for your unique needs, so you can improve your home’s efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure your home stays comfortable year-round.
What is the average cost of an HVAC replacement?
The cost to replace your current unit depends on a number of factors. They include what type of new HVAC system you’ll have installed, the size of your home and how much ductwork will need to be put in place, whether or not you’re just having specific parts replaced rather than the entire system, and how difficult the project will be. Contact a professional to receive a quote for services that will meet your unique needs.
Do I need to complete regular maintenance on my new or current HVAC system?
Yes, we recommend that your HVAC system be inspected, cleaned, and serviced regularly, so consider scheduling tune-ups twice a year—once before summer and once before winter. Whether you’re ready to replace your HVAC system now and you want to get the most out of your next one, or you believe you still may have a few years left in your current unit, consistent maintenance can make a difference for your system and your home!
The right HVAC system can help you stay cool in the summer, and cozy in the winter. Let Horizon Services help you customize the right HVAC system for your home. Since 1987, we’ve brought A+ rated service and support to homeowners right in your neighborhood. Our expert comfort consultants work with you to identify any underlying issues with your current unit and recommend the best solution. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation replacement quote, and get a system that fits your home and budget.