As summer approaches, you want to make sure your HVAC system is up for the job of keeping your cool. With proper care and maintenance, you should be able to get a lot of years of usage out of your HVAC system. However, as your HVAC system ages, it should give you some signs that it is time to invest in a new HVAC system.

#1: The Age of Your System

HVAC systems can get a lot of mileage if they are properly cared for. That said, even the best-maintained HVAC system should be replaced after a while, and an HVAC system that wasn't taken care of as well will need to be replaced sooner.

If you are not sure how old your HVAC system is, all you need to do is look at the actual system. Most HVAC manufacturers print the manufacturing date of each unit on the metal nameplate that is affixed to the front of the unit. This nameplate is usually attached with screws and should still be in place. If your unit is more than a decade old, start saving for a new AC unit.

If you can't find a manufacturing date, write down all the information you can find, such as the serial number, brand name, and model. You can determine the age of your system by searching this information online or by sharing this information with your local HVAC company.

#2: Excessive Repairs

It is normal to pay for an inspection for your HVAC system once a year. It is normal to have to replace the refrigerant inside of the system and to replace the air filters on a regular basis.

However, if you are having major parts break down on a regular basis, it may not be a smart idea to continue to invest in fixing up your unit. Once your HVAC system starts to require hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs every year, you are better off replacing your system than investing in more repairs.

#3: Unit Uses R22 Refrigerant

If your unit uses R22 refrigerant, you are going to want to replace it. Both the United States and Canada are moving forward with bans on R22 refrigerant, so eventually, you will not be able to even get the necessary coolant to repair your system.

If your HVAC system uses R22 refrigerant, it is time to upgrade to a new unit that doesn't require the use of this substance.

If your HVAC unit is getting up there in age, demands expensive repairs every year, and uses R22 refrigerant, it is time to start thinking about replacing the unit. Talk to an HVAC specialist about how much more use you can safely get out of your unit and what your replacement options are.

To learn more, contact an HVAC company.

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