Age of your HVAC unit
On average, HVAC units have a lifespan of approximately 20 years. Eventually, your HVAC unit will begin to age and deteriorate, meaning that it will start needing more repairs and costing you money. Once your HVAC unit reaches the point where the cost of repairing it outweighs the cost of purchasing an entirely new unit, you may want to consider replacing your unit with a newer and more updated version.
Frequent unit failure
If you find that your unit always has something wrong with it and constantly needs repairs, even if it isn’t an older unit, then it may be time to invest in a new HVAC system. Constant repair could be a sign of internal malfunction and eventually result in total failure, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out by an accredited HVAC expert who can give you advice on whether to repair or replace, and which type of unit to consider purchasing next.
Low energy efficiency
Because today’s technology is quickly advancing, there could be a more energy-efficient HVAC unit out there that will save you money in the long run. If you find that your unit is not functioning well and that your energy bills are high, you might want to consider upgrading your unit to a more energy-efficient system that will lower your energy costs and more effectively heat and cool your home.
Still using R-22 Freon
R-22 refrigerant, or Freon, is being put out of use by the US government in order to help conserve energy within the nation. Consequently, HVAC units haven’t been manufactured to run on Freon since 2010, and the production of Freon will end in 2020. Because of this, R-22 production is limited as supply dwindles, so purchasing this refrigerant has become expensive. If your HVAC unit still runs on R-22 Freon, you will find yourself spending more money to make coolant repairs. In the long run, you will eventually have to replace your unit anyways once the government ends R-22 Freon production for good.
If you notice that your HVAC unit is consistently not functioning properly and is costing you more money than is necessary, it may be time for you to retire you current unit and replace it with an upgraded version. Making this decision can be difficult, as it is hard to determine which HVAC unit is best for your home. To get the best advice on which HVAC unit to consider for your home this Florida summer, contact us at East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning and survive the blazing heat.