What Your HVAC System May Be Telling You

Look for these signs that may indicate it’s time for an upgrade:

  • Age – a well maintained system can “live” for 15 to 20 years; however, a unit that receives less care typically only lasts 5 to 10 years.  In either case, you should have your system evaluated when it reaches 10 years.
  • Noise – loud rattling, squeeling and grinding noises could mean that your unit has seen better days. Whistling is another cause for concern, indicating you may need to replace your filters.
  • High energy bills or repair costs – if your system is needing more frequent, more expensive repairs, or your energy bills are skyrocketing, it may be time to upgrade.
  • Inefficiency – if your unit runs constantly but does not cool or heat your home, it needs to be examined.

When shopping for a new system, look for these features:

  • Energy efficiency – replacing your old furnace or air conditioning unit with energy-efficient models will keep your home comfortable and hold costs down.
  • Size – an oversized unit can overwhelm your space with noise and increase your utility bills.  On the other hand, a unit that is too small is going to run constantly always trying to catch up to the appropriate temperature.  Always enlist the help of a qualified HVAC contractor, who will take into account factors such as: size of your home, windows, ducts, as well as insulation levels.

Once your new unit is installed, you can lengthen its lifetime keeping it in tip-top shape by having it serviced regularly and changing your filters on a monthly basis.  Also ensure proper air circulation by keeping furniture away from vents indoors and everything cleared away from outdoor units.


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LHT Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration is a North Myrtle Beach HVAC and commercial refrigeration company serving the South Carolina Grand Strand, Carolina Shores and North Carolina. LHT services and repairs heat pumps, heating units, air conditioning units, furnaces, ventilation systems, indoor air quality, humidifications, ductless systems, boilers, reach-in coolers, walk-in coolers, reach-in freezers, walk-in freezers, ice machines, blast chillers and refrigerated displays.

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