HVAC systems are one of the biggest investments we make for our homes, so we all want to get the most use out of them as possible. No matter how well you treat your system and how often you perform good maintenance, at some point, your system will have to be replaced. Here are a few tips for you to learn when it’s time to update your HVAC system to help:

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1. The system is more than 10-15 years old

It’s recommended that the HVAC systems are replaced every 10 to 15 years. So keep an eye on the major components that will start to deteriorate after that many years. Another important information is that older Air Conditioning units sometimes use R-22, a refrigerant that is harmful to the environment and is now banned in Canada.

Click here to learn more about R-22.

2. Expensive repair costs

It is simple math: if repairing your current system is going to cost you more than half of the cost of a new one, it’s smart to invest in a new system.

3. Increased energy bills

This is another factor you should observe during the hot and cold months. With seasonal variation to your energy costs, higher bills on the same month of different years should light up a red alert. This happens because as the system gets older, over time it loses efficiency. Choosing to upgrade your system could cut down your energy bill by almost 20%.

Remember that by doing proper maintenance you will definitely increase your HVAC system’s lifespan. Learn more about the importance of a tune-up.

4. Temperatures aren’t comfortable at home

Typically, older systems have a difficult time keeping consistent temperatures. This could be caused by different factors such as a broken thermostat, clogged filters, or a damaged motor. In this case, it’s important to contact a company you trust to take a look and advise on the best solution for you. Milani Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has a team of trained and experienced technicians to support you!

5. Different smell

If you are noticing mold, mildew, dust or unusual humidity levels, it could be a sign of a dirty filter or damaged unit.

Milani Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing expert heating services in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland area since 1956. Homeowners call on Milani every day to meet their needs for repairs, system maintenance, and system installations.

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