- July 18, 2018
- Posted by: Joel Payne
- Category: Uncategorized
The primary function of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) system is to control the temperature and the humidity in your home, and to filter the air to produce a good air quality.
Heating – heats your home, mostly via a central heating system. The surrounding air is heated by a heat pump or warm air system, and is distributed through air ducts throughout the home.
Ventilation – takes air, either from outside or within the building, and ventilates it through a series of ducts and then circulates it back into the home. This system works to maintain the highest possible air quality inside your home.
Air Conditioning – removes humidity from the air and then uses a refrigeration system to remove heat from the air. It is the removal of moisture and heat that creates the cooling effect that you often experience when using an air conditioning system.
A HVAC system should be looked after carefully since it has many important functions when it comes to the comfort in your home, but no matter how well-maintained it is, you will have to replace it at some point. There are many different signs that your HVAC system needs to be replaced:
Frequent or Expensive Repairs
All air conditioning systems require maintenance and will require a repair now and then, but if you notice you now have to call more frequently to have it repaired, or if a repair costs more than half the cost of installing a new system, you should definitely have it replaced. A new Air Conditioning system will cost significantly less over time than many costly repairs to an out of date unit. The Lifespan of modern HVAC systems is improving but they still require proper maintenance.
Your Air Conditioning System is More Than 12 Years Old
The average lifespan of a HVAC system is 10-15 years. If your system is less than five years old and needs to be repaired, it is probably still under warranty. However, if your unit is more than a decade old, you should consider investing in a new system. Always consider the age of your unit before you start spending money on repairs.
You Can’t Keep Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature
If you are experiencing an inconsistent temperature in your home, it is most likely because your air conditioning system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home, or that it is incorrectly installed. Both cases can lead to increased energy costs, since the system needs to work harder to provide the same result as a perfectly working system.
Poor Air Quality
If you ever notice mold, dust or unusual humidity levels, you might be dealing with a damaged air conditioner and need to have it replaced. Especially during the summer, the air conditioner is a huge factor when it comes to the air quality.
Increasing Energy Bills
The energy costs usually change seasonally, depending on the climate outside. But if there’s a big difference between the bills on the same month of different years, and you haven’t changed your use, it may be a sign that your heating or air conditioning units are not working as they should. When these units are not working at their full capacity, they use much more energy than usual.
Increase in Noise
A properly working HVAC system should operate relatively quietly. If you notice any unusual sounds from your HVAC system, or an increase in the standard noise, it is probably because the system isn’t working efficiently. You should have an expert inspecting the issue as soon as possible.
More dust in your home
HVAC systems are responsible for providing proper ventilation, remove dust and therefore improve the quality of the air within your home. If you notice an increased amount of dust in your home, that could be a sign that your air conditioning system is no longer working as it’s supposed to.
Contact an Expert
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms or issues with your HVAC system, you should contact a professional to investigate it. All of these issues can result in high energy costs, and they can only be fixed by an expert. The friendly team at Bens Refrigeration is always there to help you, and they provide an emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For assistance with your air conditioning or heating system, contact us today to get a free, no-obligation quote.