Like many of the inner workings of your home, an HVAC system isn’t something most homeowners worry about — until it stops working. Your furnace and air conditioner are the quiet systems working in the background to maintain an optimal temperature throughout your home year round, and when they fail, the results are very noticeable and unpleasant! No one wants to shiver or sweat in their home, of course!
You deserve a hassle-free experience when it comes to your furnace and air conditioning. You definitely won’t enjoy the surprise of a failing HVAC system! By preparing yourself for the warning signs of an HVAC due for replacement and planning home improvements in advance, you can stay ahead of the seasons and make sure your home is ready for the next temperature change.
Signs It Is Time to Replace Your HVAC System
By learning the warning signs of a dying HVAC system, you can plan ahead to replace your heating and cooling system before it becomes an emergency situation in a Missouri or Kansas snowstorm or heat wave. Especially in the Midwest, where the weather is always changing, you can’t leave your home’s HVAC system to chance!
The first thing to consider is the age of your HVAC system. Generally, it’s recommended you fully replace your system when it’s around 15-20 years old, but we actually recommend replacing it as early as 10 years in order to maintain the highest efficiency and reduce the risk of your system breaking down.
If you don’t know the age of your HVAC system, or want to avoid replacing it until absolutely necessary, pay attention to the most common warning sign: a noisy HVAC. Failing furnaces and air conditioners make various noises — from buzzing and popping to screeching and rattling — that indicate different problems in need of professional inspection. If your HVAC system makes a very loud or even booming noise, this is likely a severe and even dangerous problem requiring immediate attention. Don’t wait to contact us about any peculiar or concerning noises coming from your HVAC system!
If your HVAC system seems to be running without hassle, but you see a sudden energy bill increase, this is another sign that you should consider replacement. A new HVAC system is more reliable and energy efficient than an older one that has seen several repairs in its time. The newer the system, the more up to date the energy saving technology and functionality.
Another tell-tale sign that a replacement may be in order is inefficiency. Is it taking longer than usual for your home to heat up or cool down when you adjust your thermostat? This could be an indication that your system isn’t working properly and may be due for replacement soon.
What’s the Best Time to Replace Your HVAC System?
Planning ahead is a great way to save money on non-emergency home improvements, plus it gives you more power over what time of year you make these renovations. Although you most likely notice your HVAC system more in the winter and summer months, when heating and cooling are of greater necessity, the best time to buy a new HVAC system is in the fall or spring.
Most homeowners wait until they’re actually using their furnace or air conditioning before considering if replacement is necessary, but this increases the risk of your system breaking down when you need it most. Replacing your HVAC system during the off-season rather than when you really rely on it will save you time, money, and sanity, guaranteeing you a functioning HVAC system during the hottest and coldest parts of the year.
Why is the Off-Season the Best Time to Buy a New HVAC System?
Since most homeowners don’t put much thought into their HVAC system until they’re using it, winter and summer tend to be the busiest times of year for HVAC replacement companies. This means longer waitlists and more difficulty scheduling a technician to come see to your HVAC system, which can be a problem if yours stops working entirely. No one wants to spend a week or two without heat in the dead of winter!
By replacing your HVAC system in the off-season, you’re less likely to have to live with a broken system and shiver through a week or more of bitter cold waiting for a technician to become available. If you have a more complex system that requires two days to replace, you may also be without HVAC overnight regardless of when you schedule the replacement, making milder fall and spring months much more ideal and convenient.
The off-season is also the cheapest time of year to replace your HVAC system because of the significantly lower demand. Since fewer homeowners are replacing their HVAC systems, prices tend to go down in the spring and fall before spiking in the winter and summer.
Considering a New HVAC System for Your Home?
We’re coming close to the end of the spring off-season, meaning this is a great time to replace your HVAC system in preparation for summer! No one likes surprises when it comes to their furnace or air conditioning, so our expert team is ready to inspect your system and help keep your home feeling comfortable all year round.
Here at Rolox Home Service, we offer excellent financing options so you don’t have to wait and save before getting the renovations and replacements you need, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have before you commit to replacing your HVAC system. Request your free in-home consultation today to discover the best solutions for your heating and cooling needs.