Central air HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems can last from 10-20 years, but Energy.gov says if your system is ten years old, you should consider replacing it with a new system. “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” They make them better, actually.
3 Signs Your A/C is Struggling
If the kitchen is the “heart” of your home, your HVAC central air is the brain. It controls whether or not you feel comfortable during a typical Southeast Texas summer. If your A/C is struggling to work this spring, NOW is the time to seek a HVAC tune-up before it breaks down completely. Warning signs you should never ignore include:
- Noise – There are a variety of noises your HVAC unit can make, but two noises are major red flags: If there is a rattling and/or a grinding noise, shut down and call us immediately. You may have fan motor or compressor failure.
- Smell – Clean air is odorless. Any odor, no matter what, indicates a problem. Call us to schedule service.
- Utility bills are suddenly higher – It’s spring, so you aren’t using a lot of A/C. But your energy bills are higher and there’s been no tangible rate increase, so . . . call us to schedule a diagnostic.
Remember, if you heed A/C red flags sooner, rather than later, you’ll be better prepared for the blistering Texas heat just around the corner!
A/C Repair and HVAC Replacement Options
Your Bradbury Brothers Heating & Cooling professionals can help you decide how to make a big difference in your energy bills. Most major HVAC appliance manufacturers have designed replacement parts that may bring your older system up-to-date.
If you’d be better served by replacing your A/C unit (this year or “down the road”), we’ll help you find the most cost-effective solution. Sometimes manufacturers have special sales and discounts and your Bradbury Brothers Heating & Cooling technician will watch for price breaks!
To decide if regular maintenance can save your HVAC unit or if this is the year to replace your A/C, call 281-651-5484 or contact us. We can help.