>> May 25, 2016
You need your heating and cooling system to run efficiently all the time. Sometimes the system may fail beyond repair. Before you attempt to replace it, you need to ensure you have the correct information on when and how to start a new installation. There are a number of things you will first need to consider.
Replacing the System
You need to read the tell tale signs. One of them is the age of the furnace or boiler. If it is between 15 and 20 years old, then that is a good sign that you probably need to consider getting a new one. A heat pump that is about 10 years old or more may also be on its death bed.
Age is not the only sign that will influence your final decision. Most of your heating and cooling equipment will start giving signs even before this stage. For example, if the repairs are becoming more and more frequent it is time to replace the equipment. You will also notice that the equipment keeps getting more and more inefficient. Energy bills will start going up every year.
Other telltale signs may require you to make keen observation. If there is a lot of dust, then the system will need to be fixed or replaced. Critical parts of the system may need replacement if it is producing too much noise. Also, if there are signs that some sections of the house are too cold while others are too hot. A combination of some of these signs means your system needs the immediate attention of a specialist.
When to replace the whole system
There are times when only certain critical parts of the HVAC may need replacement. At other times, only a new installation will be effective in cooling and heating your house. There are several factors you need to consider before you make these decisions.
One of the factors is parts that do not match. An old system that is defunct may not have a readily available part in the market. If your system is old and you can’t match it with proper replacement, then it is inevitable that a new installation will need to be done.
It is possible that new and old parts can work together. An old duct tape can sometimes work with a new heat pump. But most recent heat pumps work very efficiently and their performance may be compromised by an old duct tape.
Investing in a new duct tape may be the best option in that scenario. It may be advisable to call a professional, if you are unsure of what to do.
Choosing the Right Size
When choosing a new replacement, you need to remember that size also matters. The heating and cooling system should not be too big, or too small for your house. A system that is very small will not perform its work efficiently. A big system may cool efficiently, but it will end up being a waste.
The size of your home plays a role in your choice of a heating and cooling system. However, there will be other factors that will also come into play. This includes the exposure of the interior of the house to the sun, where doors and windows are located and the climate of your region amongst other things.
It is always advisable to consult a technician before you can replace the system. A technician will walk you through what you need and whether you even need a new replacement in the first place. Make a point of choosing a professional with the right experience, to ensure that everything is done right.
Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling Columbia, MO has to offer.