The summer is almost over and the temperatures are going down. We are getting closer to that short season when it’s too cold to run the AC and too warm to start the heat. At Discount Appliance Repair, we recommend using this time to evaluate the performance of your HVAC unit and replace it if necessary.
Here are a few signs that it might be time to shop for the new HVAC:
Your AC/heat has been acting up lately
If you wake up in the middle of the night because your room turns into a frozen wasteland, there’s probably something wrong with your AC. When the unit starts making funny noises, the temperature fluctuates a lot and some rooms don’t get adequately heated or cooled, it’s the beginning of the end. The least you should do is hire a local Virginia AC repair expert to inspect your system and determine what’s wrong. Depending on the severity of the issue, you’ll have a repair or replace option. Sometimes, a replacement is a better long-term solution.
Your HVAC system is more than 10 years old
If it is that old AND it’s acting up, replacement is your best option. If it’s still working fine, you need to look at your electricity bills and note if they went up over time. Some of it can be attributed to seasonal electricity use, but your outdated AC can also be responsible for high utility costs. Modern HVAC systems are more energy efficient and, although you’ll pay a high initial price, you can save a lot on the utility bills in a long run.
You had HVAC repaired twice in the past year
Carefully evaluate the repairs performed and the current operational state of your HVAC system. It is highly possible that you are investing in a dying unit.
At some point, keeping the old unit will become too expensive and unreasonable. If your HVAC system still works fine but is getting close to retirement age, start shopping around. Research the new units and select Virginia HVAC installation contractors that meet your requirements. This way you can save a lot on the unit and installation cost, because you did your homework. When the heat doesn’t work and it’s snowing outside, you’ll probably end up paying a lot more to get the job done as soon as possible.