Sales of furnaces and air conditioners are up significantly this year over last year. According to a report by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of air conditioners and heat pumps were up 17.3 percent in January 2013 over prior year. Separately, the two categories were up 16.3 percent and 18.9 percent, respectively.
Since housing starts have been sluggish over the last year, the growth can probably be attributed to replacements and renovations. The remodeling industry has begun to pick up, which is an indicator for HVAC units. As far as replacements, how do you know when to replace your HVAC system? It’s a good idea to replace it before it actually breaks. This way, you can do the proper research, find a local HVAC installer whom you trust, and explore your options. Consider a new system if:
- Your current furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Once systems hit the decade mark, they are likely to need more frequent repairs and have a good chance of breaking completely.
- Your system needs frequent repairs. It shouldn’t.
- Some rooms are colder or warmer than others. Temperatures should be steady throughout the house with a properly working system.
- Your home seems humid. Your HVAC system may not be pulling the humidity out of the air.
- Your energy bill is increasing for no apparent reason. Your system may not be optimized and is not running efficiently, resulting in higher fees.
- Your home seems to be very dusty. Your HVAC ducts might be leaking and pulling dust particles from throughout the house and throwing them into the air.
- Your HVAC system is noisy. This could indicate a problem with the coil or the duct system.
Always ask your HVAC professional whether or not the costs for repair over the long term will exceed the cost of a new unit. He or she should make a sound recommendation, and if a new unit isn’t required, you’ll probably be so grateful for the honesty that when it is necessary, you won’t hesitate to call that same professional.