When Is It Time to Replace My HVAC System?

Trane-Condenser-Cut-AwaySeveral factors come into play when it comes to determining if you should contact a Katy air conditioning service company to repair or replace your HVAC system. Obviously, the simplest way to tell is if you are sweltering during a Houston summer – or spring or fall – because it will not turn on. However, there are a number of less straightforward issues that you should look out for too.

Your Summer Electric Bills Keep Increasing

Unless Houston has been experiencing much hotter than usual summers lately, this may indicate that your cooling equipment is not as efficient at cooling your house as it used to be and that you should contact a Sugar Land air conditioning service professional. In fact, what you notice first is that your electric bill increases or surpasses by 50 percent even when using an efficient system.

Uneven Cooling of Your House

If some of your rooms tend to be cooler and more comfortable than others even though they are all directly connected with the cooling system, this likely indicates that you are having issues with your ducts or that the insulation in those rooms is not up to the standards that it should be.

There Is Too Much Dust

The rooms in your home being covered with more dust than used to be the case is likely the cause of leaky ducts as holes in the duct system can pull air from places that it should have no access to and then spread dust found there throughout the house. Of course, leaky ducts will also decrease the efficiency of your system and increase your cooling costs.

There is Too Much Noise

If your HVAC system is noisier than it used to be, this could be the result of something as simple as a loose screw or something more significant like a damaged blower motor or fan blades.

Your HVAC System Needs Frequent Repairs

If the number of times that you need to either call a professional or fix simpler issues yourself has increased in recent times, this may also indicate that your cooling system is just not that efficient anymore and that it may make more sense to replace it instead of continuing to get it fixed.

You Have Had Your Air Conditioning System for at Least 10 Years

Since HVAC systems tend to last about 12 years on average, once yours has passed the 10-year mark, it may be time to seriously consider getting it replaced. Even if it does not have any major issues now, it is likely that some will surface in the near future.

It Will Not Turn On

Now, if it actually will not turn on at all, first check that the issue is not simply related to a blown fuse or tripped circuit. Also make sure that your thermostat is set to a “cool” setting. Oftentimes, a fix for what appears to be a completely broken HVAC system is a simple one. However, this obviously could also indicate a much more serious issue such as the compressor being burnt out or the entire system needing to be replaced.

Your Home Energy Yardstick Score is Low

Using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick and discovering that your score is lower than five means you should get a more efficient system or your current one is damaged and you should contact Sugar Land air conditioning repair experts. This handy Energy Star tool also tells you other ways you can increase your score and decrease your bills.

When you do decide to replace your air conditioning system, consider getting one installed that has an Energy Star label as these units are highly efficient and can cut your cooling costs by about 20 percent. Of course, these electric bill savings also indicate that you are using a cooling system that is not putting out as many greenhouse gas emissions and is helping protect the environment.

Make sure that when you do get your air conditioning system looked at or replaced, contact the professionals at All Out A/C & Heating. We are a locally owned company that has been serving homeowners in Katy, Sugar Land and nearby communities since 1989.

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