With Fredericksburg’s hot summers and cold winters, you need an HVAC system you can depend on. That’s not a problem if your system is relatively new, but what if it’s beginning to age? Considering that a new HVAC system is a significant investment, you don’t want to replace your system unnecessarily. Here are five telltale signs that it’s time to replace your HVAC unit.

1. Age

Fredericksburg’s climate causes HVAC systems to work hard; as your system ages, it begins to wear out. According to ENERGY STAR guidelines, you should consider replacing your heat pump or air conditioner if it’s more than 10 years old; replace your furnace or boiler if it’s older than 15 years.

2. Frequent and Costly Repairs

When our service technician’s number is on your speed dial, it might not be a good thing. Numerous repairs indicate a systemic problem or breakdowns due to wear and tear. Either way, repair costs rise. As a rule of thumb, if the repair cost is half of the expense of a new system, it’s time to replace your HVAC unit.

3. Decreased Comfort

Uneven heating and cooling stem from an inefficient system that’s short-cycling, a failed compressor or improperly sized or leaky ductwork. High humidity levels point to a malfunctioning air conditioner.

4. Higher Utility Bills

Rising utility bills signal an inefficient HVAC system, especially if you haven’t changed the way you’re using your system. Upgrading to a more efficient HVAC unit can save you up to 50 percent on your energy bills.

5. Room Additions

Room additions increase the amount of space your HVAC has to cover. If your current unit cannot handle the increased square footage, consider replacing your system with a larger one that has more capacity.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your Fredericksburg, VA home, it may be time to part ways with your old HVAC unit. To learn more about energy-efficient furnaces and air conditioners, check out Custom Design’s HVAC systems or call (540) 602-4119.

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