Time to Replace that Old Heat Pump?
If your current HVAC system is at or near the 15-year mark, it might be time to consider a replacement. In Gurnee, IL, and other northern climates, heat pumps work double-time keeping your home cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. As they age, things can go wrong due to wear and tear or mechanical damage. At the same time, new equipment has far outpaced the efficiency achieved by earlier technologies. While heating and cooling systems don’t have a fixed lifespan, these issues could be a sign that the unit needs to be replaced.
HVAC Services and Repair Costs
Increasing repair costs are a good indication that your HVAC system is nearing the end of its useful life. There are two schools of thought for comparing repair and replacement costs.
- If repairs approach 50 percent of the cost for a new system, you might be better off replacing the unit.
- Multiply the cost of repairs by the age of your system. If the product is near $5,000, replacement may offer a better value.
Changes in performance, especially excessive operating noise and temperature imbalances, are another important warning sign. Take note if the system is running constantly or cycling on and off frequently. These symptoms could be related to improper equipment sizing or a mechanical issue that needs immediate repair.
Heating and Cooling Costs
Utility rates are always on the rise, but your energy use should remain relatively stable. If your kilowatt-hour consumption is uncontrollable, your aging heat pump might be the reason. Thanks to recent improvements in efficiency, a new HVAC system could lower your heating and cooling costs by 20 to 40 percent according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
If these warning signs sound familiar, the experts at Herchenbach Mechanical can inspect your current system and provide personalized recommendations. To get started, check out our selection of products and HVAC services online, or call our office at 847-227-1426.