You don’t want to discover that your air conditioner needed replacement after it breaks down during the hottest day of summer. Likewise, you don’t want your furnace to tender its resignation on Christmas morning.

How do you avoid an HVAC catastrophe? That’s simple: be proactive, and know when to replace your heating or cooling system before it fails!

 

5 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacement

  1. Old age. The average lifespan for a gas furnace is 15 to 20 years. A boiler or electric furnace typically lasts 20 to 30 years. It is possible to extend a heating system’s lifespan through frequent repair, but it’s nearly always more economical to replace a decrepit unit.
  2. High energy bills. Have you noticed a recent spike in your gas or electricity bill? Your furnace may be to blame. A heating system gradually loses efficiency over time, which means it requires substantially more energy to achieve the same output toward the end of its lifespan.
  3. Excessive dust. An old furnace produces more dust – and it is less effective at filtering out fine particles, too. If you’re having trouble keeping up with all the dust gathering around your vents, then a new high-efficiency furnace will solve the problem.
  4. Uneven heat. As a furnace ages, it may lose the power it needs to force warm air to rooms its farther away from. If your furnace no longer heats every room to the same temperature displayed on your thermostat, it’s likely approaching the end of its days on earth.
  5. Noisy operation. It’s normal for a furnace to emit noises during the course of normal operation. But if you hear loud and frequent rattling, whistling, knocking, buzzing, banging, or any other unusual utterances, then your furnace needs immediate repair if not outright replacement.

5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Replacement

  1. Old age. So long as it receives regular maintenance, a central AC unit usually lasts around 10 to 20 years. Proactively replacing your AC won’t just ensure reliable operation. It can also save you money, as modern models are extraordinarily energy efficient.
  2. High energy bills. Are your summer electricity bills soaring higher than inflation and rising energy costs can account for? Before you blame your kids for leaving lights on, contact Haugan Heating & Air Conditioning to inspect your AC unit.
  3. Strange odors. Does funky air come out of your vents every time your AC kicks in? The culprit may be bacteria and mold that have taken hold in the cooling coils. It is possible to clean out the system, although replacing an older model is the surest solution to securing your family’s respiratory health.
  4. Frozen coils. Have you noticed ice forming inside your AC unit, even when it’s very hot outside? A refrigerant leak may be to blame. Ice can easily block a coil, which in turn may cause the compressor to overheat and eventually fail. Repair can resolve the issue, although replacement represents the far longer-lasting solution.
  5. Unreliable operation. Just like a furnace, an aging AC may lose the power it needs to supply cool air throughout an entire household. If parts of your home feel significantly cooler than others, then you can already guess what we recommend. Likewise, if your AC runs without producing any noticeable effect, then it’s basically begging to be sent to a facility where it can be recycled into patio furniture.

What to Expect During Furnace or AC Replacement

Whether you’re replacing your heating or cooling system, the process is fairly straightforward. First your HVAC technician will thoroughly inspect your current unit and determine whether repairing it or replacing it would make better sense from an economic standpoint. If they deem replacement to be necessary, they will recommend the model which best suits your property and budget. Once you have agreed to a course of action, the HVAC technician will set right to work removing your old unit and installing a new one. It’s all perfectly straightforward, and the removal/installation process nearly always lasts less than a day.

 

Contact Haugan Heating & Air Conditioning Today for Custom HVAC Services

Would you like a long-lasting, low-maintenance and energy-efficient replacement furnace or AC at your home or commercial property in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area? Then we welcome you to contact Haugan Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free estimate! Our experienced technicians are standing by to determine whether repair or replacement is better for your goals, and then deliver results which exceed your expectations in full.