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At some point, all homeowners face the decision of whether to repair or replace their HVAC system. It’s a tough choice, and no one makes it lightly since money is on the line. A lot of times, it makes sense to have the unit repaired. However, over time, the only economically smart decision homeowners can make is to replace the system. How do you know it’s time for you to make that decision? Here are six signs it’s time to replace your HVAC system.

The AC Unit Is Old

Not surprisingly, as your HVAC unit ages, it will begin to work less efficiently and require more extensive repairs. Modern ACs can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your unit is in this age range, you can expect to need a new one soon.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your HVAC system, consider installing a Daikin Fit System. This smart HVAC system connects to your existing ductwork and provides mid-efficiency at an affordable price. The Daikin Fit System makes an excellent replacement for an older AC unit.

The AC Unit Requires Frequent Repairs

If you’ve been diligent about performing regular maintenance on your HVAC system and you still have to call an HVAC technician every few months, this could be a sign that it’s time to have your HVAC system replaced. It may make more financial sense, in the long run, to invest in a new HVAC unit than to keep paying for expensive repairs on an old unit.

The AC Unit Has Leaks

Refrigerant leaks and pools of water around your AC are major warning signs that your HVAC system should be upgraded. Leaking coolant is a health risk to your household, and water or moisture can cause floor damage and mold. If you notice any leakage from your HVAC unit, contact a professional to address the problem right away.

The AC Unit Is Not Ventilating Properly

Have you noticed your home seems to have more dust or humidity? If you have, your air conditioner may not be properly ventilating your home. Pollen and other pollutants can enter and circulate through your home, affecting the air quality.

Your home’s air quality is not meant to be taken lightly; ensure your AC isn’t making the indoor air quality worse. An HVAC expert can perform an indoor air quality test to determine if your AC is having issues ventilating your Minnesota home. If your AC is not doing this important function, it’s time to install a new unit.

The AC Unit Smells

An HVAC system that smells moldy, musty, or smokey is a malfunctioning unit. You may be facing issues of mold and mildew buildup or burnt wire insulation. The best course of action is to have the system replaced.

The HVAC System Causes High Energy Bills

Are your energy bills increasing month over month with no concrete reason? High energy costs often indicate that the system isn’t running efficiently. It has to work extra hard to heat or cool your Minnesota home. This could be a sign that you need to clean your air filters, but it could also mean it’s time for a new HVAC system.

Mini-split AC systems and VRV Life systems are excellent energy savers. These ductless systems heat and cool specific rooms to keep your energy bills low. If you’re interested in learning more about mini-splits and VRV Life systems, give our team at Northern Services a call.

When It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC Unit

Even though it can seem daunting to replace your HVAC unit, these signs can help you prepare. When you spot any of these six signs, you’ll know it’s time (or almost time) to replace your unit. 

When you’re ready for a new HVAC unit, our experts can help you with your air conditioning installation. We’ve been replacing air conditioners for several decades in Minnesota and can assist you in finding the perfect AC unit for your heating and cooling needs. Reach out to us today!