There’s no getting around it, Houston summers are getting hotter every year, and the struggle is real for HVAC systems trying to battle against the heat. Poorly insulated homes, leaky windows, and windows with direct sun exposure are all your HVAC system’s mortal enemies. Needing to use window A/C units or fans to supplement your air conditioning system is just one sign that it’s time to replace your HVAC systems; let’s look at a few more.
What Are the Signs I Need a New HVAC System?
It Never Gets “Cool Enough”
No matter how long the air conditioner runs, it’s always a little too hot or too humid in your home. Warm air blowing out of your vents usually indicates two potential issues with your air conditioning system, dirty filters, or a frozen evaporator coil. Changing the air filters is a wallet-friendly way to get your HVAC system back up to peak performance. Frozen evaporator coils can be a sign that your HVAC system is undersized.
Higher Energy Bills When The A/C is Used
From the minute they are installed, HVAC systems begin to lose efficiency. Like fan motors, compressors, and blowers, many of the moving parts start to experience wear and tear, and the chemical refrigerants begin to evaporate. In your summertime energy bills, sudden spikes are also a sign that you’re A/C system is having a hard time keeping the house comfortable. New HVAC system installation can reduce your overall energy costs by up to 40%.
Strange Noises From Your Heating System
Things that go “bump” and “screech” in the night are supposed to be confined to bedtime stories and horror movies. Squeaking, squealing, and screeching in your HVAC system could mean you have worn-out bearings in a component like a fan or a pulley. Banging noises in your air conditioner might be from loose ductwork, where booming sounds indicate your furnace’s ignition issues.
Your House Is Always Dusty
As air recirculates through your home, it is continuously taking dirt, pollen, mildew, and other particles with it into your HVAC system. Years of use without proper cleaning and maintenance can leave you with HVAC ducts filled with dust, dirt, and other allergens. Changing your air filters regularly can make an enormous difference in the amount of dust floating around your home.
How Old Is Your HVAC System?
Unless you’re the original owner of your home, you may not know the answer. Modern HVAC systems have a lifespan of 10 – 15 years, and any system older than ten years that requires extensive repair should probably be replaced. Today’s HVAC systems are packed with features that weren’t available as recently as five years ago. How cool would it be to control your new AC system anywhere in the world on your smartphone or tablet?
Have You Made Renovations or Added Rooms to Your Home?
Additional rooms add to the load your AC system has to carry to keep your home cool, making your system less efficient and raising energy costs. Lack of efficiency aside, an undersized HVAC system must work harder from a mechanical standpoint; it has to run longer, with more frequent stop and start cycles. As a result, wear and tear will occur much more quickly than an appropriately sized system for your home.
How Much Does HVAC Installation Cost?
Many variables come into play when pricing out an HVAC system installation, from the home’s size to whether new ductwork is required. Modern systems offer many options, such as multi-zone thermostats, air purifiers, and variable speed fans. While it is impossible to predict the final cost of home improvement projects accurately, here’s a rather broad range of average HVAC system installations.
Average HVAC System Replacement Cost
Using Existing Ductwork: $ 5,000 – $ 9,400 With New Ductwork: $ 6,500 – $12,750 New System w/All Options: $12,000 – $17,500
How Long Does HVAC Installation Take?
For homeowners only having their A/C units replaced, work can be completed in a single day. As the difficulty of the job increases, so does the amount of time required to complete it. For systems requiring ductwork replacement, or a well-optioned system, installation can take up to five days.
For over forty years, Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided Houston with five-star plumbing and HVAC service. Our licensed and experienced plumbing and A/C techs are the best our city offers and can help guide you toward making the right choice for your air conditioning installation in Houston. Nick’s offers free estimates and free second opinions on any residential or commercial AC installation in Houston.