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9 Signs That You Need To Replace Your HVAC System

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Your AC is one of the most important systems in your home. It’s also one of the biggest investments you can make in the comfort and value of your home. An old HVAC system is prone to several issues, from high utility bills to costly repairs.

While some of these issues can be resolved with routine maintenance and repair, others mean your system is ready to be replaced.

When it’s time to replace your AC, you’ll be glad you called the experts from Champion Air. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC replacements in Phoenix, AZ, since 1982. Keep reading to learn how you can spot the signs that an HVAC replacement is in your near future.

1. Your Current System Is Over 10 Years Old

When was your last HVAC system installed? If it was over a decade ago, then it’s time to consider a replacement.

According to the Department of Energy, you should replace your AC every 10 to 15 years because the components begin to wear down from years of use, a process that can be hastened by heavy usage or infrequent maintenance.

Older models also use a type of Freon known as R-22, which is bad for the environment. With a new model, you can feel confident that you’re shrinking your carbon footprint while enjoying more consistent comfort and performance.

Air conditioners in Phoenix can break down quicker than many others due to the extreme heat of the summer.

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and have an older HVAC system, call Champion Air for a free estimate on a new system.

2. Utility Bills Keep Going Up

While it’s normal for your bill to fluctuate with the seasons, your bills should be relatively similar from year to year.

If you notice your bills are creeping higher and higher every year, then there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Often, the culprit behind rising energy bills is an old and outdated system.

As your HVAC system gets older, its efficiency will naturally decline. This leads to homeowners spending more money on the same amount of heating and cooling.

Regular maintenance will keep your HVAC system running at its best for as long as possible, but you’ll still need to upgrade your system about once per decade.

3. HVAC Repairs Are Becoming More Expensive

As your HVAC gets older, it will become more prone to breakdowns and repairs. While a minor repair here and there is no problem, a major repair can be extremely costly. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t pay more than half the cost of a new HVAC system for repair.

So, if you get a high repair estimate, compare it to the price of a new model. In this scenario, buying a new unit is a better investment in the long run.

4. You Can’t Maintain a Comfortable Temperature in Your Home

Does your home feel hot even while the AC is running? Or perhaps your furnace is struggling to keep up with cold winter temperatures?

Poor or uneven temperatures throughout your home are signs that something is wrong with your HVAC system. It could be a minor issue, like a faulty thermostat or clogged filters, or it could be something much more serious.

That’s why it’s important to have a trusted technician inspect your unit if you notice inconsistent temperatures. Your system could be old, on the verge of a serious mechanical failure, or the wrong size for your home.

If a replacement HVAC system is needed, our technicians will make sure you get the right size and brand for your home.

5. Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is important because it impacts your health and comfort. Poor air quality can lead to everything from coughing and sneezing to full-blown asthma attacks. Excess levels of moisture caused by a faulty AC can even lead to mold and mildew growth in your home.

Poor air quality also impacts the health of your HVAC system. If your HVAC’s internal components are clogged with dust and debris, it will compensate by working harder. This causes the system to overheat and components to wear out much faster than clean, well-maintained systems.

If your indoor air quality has taken a turn for the worse, then you might need a replacement HVAC sooner rather than later.

6. Your HVAC System Runs Constantly

During the hottest and coldest times of the year, your heating and cooling system will frequently run to keep your home comfortable. It’s normal to hear the system kicking on and off during the day, but running constantly without pause is a problem.

Usually, running non-stop means the system can’t keep up the temperature on your thermostat. It could be that the sensor is dirty or damaged. Depending on the age and condition of your unit, a replacement might be your best option.

7. Your HVAC System Frequently Turns Off & On

In addition to a constantly running HVAC being problematic, it’s also troubling if your system turns off and on constantly. One common cause is having a system that’s too large for your home.

If this is the case, we recommend replacing the unit with something more appropriately sized for your home.

We carry units in all sizes, so you can feel confident that you’re getting a new system that will keep your home comfortable with maximum efficiency in mind.

8. The System Is Making Unusual Noises

It’s not normal for your HVAC to make rattling, banging, or clanking sounds. Those kinds of sounds are associated with loose or damaged parts. They can also indicate that your system is on its last legs.

If you notice frequent or loud sounds, call our trusted HVAC technicians right away. We can diagnose the problem and offer the best service option for your needs.

9. Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

It’s common for a circuit breaker to trip every now and again, but frequently tripped breakers are a problem. When a circuit trips, it’s a sign that one of your home appliances – like your HVAC system – is trying to draw too much electricity at once.

For home heating and cooling systems, this could mean that your unit is being overworked. It can also mean that your HVAC system is the incorrect size for your home.

When Champion Air replaces the old unit with a correctly sized one, you should notice your circuits are much less prone to tripping.

Before we choose your new system, we’ll take detailed measurements of your home and determine the best placement for the new system. We do our due diligence with every installation.

Looking for a New Air Conditioner in Scottsdale?

Champion Air is your one-stop shop for your heating and air conditioning needs in Scottsdale. From installation and replacement to maintenance and repair, we’re here to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient all season.

We’re proud to carry a lineup of top-notch HVAC systems from Lennox. When the time comes for an HVAC replacement, you can count on our technicians to provide long-lasting results and responsive customer service.

Not sure if it’s time to replace your HVAC? Let us help. Call us today, and our technicians will help you decide the best service for your situation.

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