Many of the items or systems we use regularly will experience standard wear-and-tear and aging processes, and your home's HVAC system is a prime example. Older systems are naturally going to have more issues than newer ones on average, and this is especially the case when components in your HVAC system are at least 10 years old.
At My Buddy the Plumber, we're here to help with these and many related themes. We provide a huge range of HVAC repair and replacement services, from air conditioner installation to various tune-ups and repair services as-needed. We've assisted many clients who are dealing with an older system, helping them understand some of the risks and also what can be done to remedy them. Here's a general primer on how to approach this entire realm.
While the 10-year mark is something of a rough guideline, it doesn't mean your HVAC system will have major issues the day after it hits the 10-year mark. However, on average, systems will start having more components fail as they age. One common issue that leads many people to seek out replacement services is simply inadequate performance.
Older systems may not be able to maintain ideal temperatures as they once did, and this can be for a variety of reasons. One is that the system may not have been properly maintained, leading to a gradual decline in performance. Additionally, parts within the system may have gone bad or simply worn out over time. You might also need more frequent repairs as your system gets older, which can also lead to decreased performance as well as added costs.
Aging systems are also more likely to experience complete failure of one or more components. This could be anything from the compressor to the ductwork, and when this happens, you'll need repairs or replacements as soon as possible.
In some cases, it may make more sense to replace the entire system rather than continuing to patch it up with repairs. We'll discuss this theme in further depth below.
Here are some of the most common signs that your HVAC system is potentially beginning to wear down, whether overall or just within a few specific components:
The big question for many homeowners dealing with an older HVAC system: Whether to keep repairing it or replace the system entirely. In some cases, it may make more sense to just keep repairing the system as needed since replacement can be quite expensive. However, there are also a few situations where replacement may be a better option:
For more on dealing with an older HVAC system, or to learn about any of our HVAC, plumbing or electrical services, speak to the team at My Buddy the Plumber today.
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