5 Signs that your HVAC system needs an Upgrade

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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The HVAC unit of your house is responsible for efficient cooling as well as heating. Unfortunately, it cannot go on forever and just like any other machine it needs upgradation from time to time. Now the question is when is the right time to upgrade an HVAC unit? According to the experts of the Salt Lake City area, if you are seeing any of the following signs, it may be the time for an upgrade:

1.     Your utility bills are climbing

By now, you would have known what the normal bill for a household is. If you are noticing a rise in it, maybe your HVAC system is giving up. As your system ages, you can expect a loss of 10% efficiency. It is common for the HVAC system to start acting up due to normal wear and tear over time. Consult your HVAC professionals if the system is repairable. If the repair costs are too high, a better option would be to replace the system.

2.     Uneven temperature across the household

Is the temperature inside your house too high even when the air conditioner is running? Uneven cooling or heating is a sign that your HVAC system is not working efficiently. At first, make sure that your HVAC system is not too large for the house. If it is, it may cause a short cycle that leads to the automatic shutdown of the system. You can also look at the ductwork and see if it need replacement.

3.     Unusual noises

If you are hearing weird noises from your system, it can point towards some serious problems. A vibrating sound indicates toward a loose part and if it is a loud squeaking sound, it can be a problem with the motor.

4.     Bad Odor

Unpleasant odor indicates a variety of problems. If you are getting a bad odor in your house whenever the heating or cooling system is running, it indicates towards molds growth. Sometimes the excess moisture inside the unit can cause mold growth. Inspect the system for molds. If it’s all clear, check for leakage in the refrigerant.

5.     Too many repairs

If the yearly servicing and repair cost for your HVAC system is constantly rising. The best option would be to upgrade the system entirely. Get the system inspected and if the experts recommend for an upgrade, go for it.

People usually ignore the idea of upgrading the HVAC system, but in the long term, it can cost them mentally as well as financial. We understand that the initial cost of upgrade is a little high, but in the long term, it saves a lot of money. Therefore, if your current system is older than 8 years, the best idea is to upgrade the system.

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