6 Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System

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6 Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System

Summer has arrived in California, and it’s important to be on the lookout for any signs that your HVAC system is going out. You don’t want to be left without cool air on the hottest days of the year. Energy Saving Pros provides a wide array of HVAC services to ensure that your home is properly prepared for extreme temperatures. Continue reading to find out more about when it’s time to repair or replace your HVAC system, and the telltale signs to watch for. 

When to Repair vs. Replace Your HVAC System

The lifespan for most HVAC systems is around 15 years. If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing it sooner rather than later. If an older system malfunctions several times a year, it is usually more cost-effective to replace the entire system rather than pay for frequent repairs. 

Newer HVAC systems are more efficient, and can even help you save money by lowering your electric bills. Whether you believe you need to repair or replace your system, it’s always best to contact a professional when you have trouble with your HVAC system. They will know exactly what to look for, and can advise you on your best options for repair or replacement.

Six Signs That Your HVAC System Is Going Out

1: It Fails to Produce Cool Air

The last thing you want on a hot day is to be left without cool air in your home. One of the more obvious signs that your HVAC system is failing is when your air conditioning starts blowing hot air. A number of factors can cause your AC to fail, such as a dirty air filter, low refrigerant levels, or a damaged compressor. 

2: It’s Frequently Shutting On and Off

When an HVAC system shuts on and off too frequently, this is known as short-cycling. This issue causes your unit to work too hard when heating or cooling your home, which can lead to further HVAC issues and much higher electric bills. Short cycling could be the result of a problem with the thermostat, a dirty air filter, or leaking refrigerant. 

3: There’s a Musty Odor 

If you notice a musty odor filling your home when your HVAC runs, it is likely due to mold caused by leaks or high humidity. Other signs of mold in your system include visible growth around the vents, and leaks or puddles near the unit. Mold exposure can cause a variety of health problems, especially in people with allergies or asthma. 

We can help prevent mold in your system and protect your family’s health with routine HVAC maintenance. It’s also important to replace your system’s air filter every three months to prevent any mold spores it collects from recirculating throughout your home. 

4: You Have Water Leaks

Over time, a water leak in your HVAC system can lead to rotting wood and structural damage. The constant moisture also allows mold to grow in your home. Water leaks are commonly caused by a clogged drain line or broken condensate pump. Common signs of a water leak include a full condensate pan, and standing water or water damage near the HVAC unit. 

Water leakage can also indicate a refrigerant leak, which is typically caused by wear and tear over time. If your system is leaking refrigerant, you may notice your AC blowing hot air or taking longer to cool and higher electric bills. 

5: Sudden Dust Buildup

A buildup of dust in your HVAC system causes dust to be blown around and accumulate inside your home. Too much dust accumulation can negatively affect your indoor air quality and worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. Professional duct cleanings prevent dust from building up in your system, helping you maintain clean and healthy indoor air. 

6: Squealing or Other Unusual Sounds

Loose, broken, or dirty components can cause your HVAC system to start making unusual noises. Squealing, banging, rattling, and other strange sounds that come from your system should never be ignored. If your HVAC unit starts making strange new sounds, it is likely a symptom of a larger problem. Turn off the system to avoid causing further damage, and contact an HVAC professional to diagnose and repair your unit. 

HVAC Repair, Maintenance, and Installation in Sacramento

It’s best to repair or replace your HVAC system as soon as you notice a problem to prevent bigger, more costly issues from occurring in the future. If you’re experiencing any trouble with your heating or cooling, contact Energy Saving Pros as soon as possible. We provide expert repair, preventative maintenance, and professional installation services to residents of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 916-259-2501 today to schedule a free consultation. 

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