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How Do I Know When It’s Time for an HVAC Replacement?

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We tend to squeeze the life out of everything we have. That car from the ’80s? Never mind that it’s guzzling gas, we have to get every drop of life out of it before even considering buying a new one. This may not be the case all the time, but most of us tend to get everything we can out of our belongings. Unfortunately, in the case of an HVAC system, it may not be worthwhile to wait until it’s completely dead before considering installing a new one.

As summer approaches Chesapeake, Virginia, it’s important to have your system working in tip-top shape. If your HVAC system is starting to fail, you’re losing money in increased utility costs that could be going towards a new, more efficient system. Here’s how you can know when it’s time for an HVAC replacement.


A system’s lifespan may be the first sign that it’s time to consider installing a new system. Typically, air conditioners last about 10 years, and furnaces and boilers last about 15 years on average.

Declined Efficiency

As an HVAC system comes to the end of its lifespan, its efficiency at heating and cooling your home declines. The system begins working even harder to produce the same amount of comfort, which reduces its life even more. You may notice that you have your thermostat set at the same temperature it’s always been programmed to, yet you still feel either too warm or too cool.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

If you’ve noticed an excess of dust or other irritants in your home, it could be another sign of a deteriorating system. Even with well-maintained filters (or filters that have to be changed frequently), your system could be poorly filtering and ventilating allergens and irritants. Leaky ducts (another sign of a deteriorating system) also welcome in more free-floating particles that both decrease your air quality and let out air, decreasing system efficiency.

If you are experiencing any of these HVAC symptoms, it may be time for a replacement. For more questions, or to have your system replaced, give Weather Makers a call at 757-263-4869.

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