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4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System

Many homeowners take their HVAC system for granted. They’re thankful that their heating and cooling equipment keeps them comfortable throughout the year. However, homeowners often don’t think about their HVAC system unless there is a problem. If you are experiencing issues with your heating and cooling system, it may be time to replace it. Below, we’ll discuss just a few signs that you need to replace your HVAC system instead of repair it.

  1. Your heating and cooling equipment is more than 10 years old.

If your HVAC system is between 10 to 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace it. Not only will you be able to find a more energy efficient model, but you will find that the overall performance of your new system far surpasses your old equipment. Even if the system seems to be working fine, you may want to consult with an HVAC company as you could be paying more in monthly energy costs than you need to.

  1. Your HVAC system is making weird noises.

A well-maintained heating and cooling system will typically operate with little to no noise. However, as time passes and the different parts inside your equipment start to age or breakdown, you may start to notice grinding or squealing noises when you operate your system. If you are hearing any weird noises, it’s time to have your system inspected.

  1. Unusual smells are coming from your HVAC system.

If you’re just starting up your HVAC system for the first time during the season, you may notice a smell when you first turn the system off. The smell of dust burning off the equipment is typically pretty normal for systems that have been dormant. However, it’s important that you get your HVAC system inspected if you smell anything unusual as it could be the sign of a more serious and dangerous issue.

  1. Your energy bills are increasing.

If you notice that your energy bills are slowly starting to increase, this could be a sign that you need to replace your HVAC system. Though energy costs often depend on the season, your costs should not differ much during the same month of different years. Older heating and cooling systems and those that have repair needs tend to be less efficient than those that are working smoothly. If you think that your efficiency has started to decline, consult an HVAC technician to see if your system needs to be repaired or replaced.

Not sure if your HVAC system needs to be repaired or replaced? Call the experts at M&M Heating and Air Conditioning today. Our team of licensed HVAC technicians can diagnose your equipment and help you decide if it’s better to repair or replace. Call today: (209) 952-6580.

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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

Even though Stockton isn’t known for getting too much snow over the winter, it is still important to be prudent about preparing your home for the cold weather ahead. During colder nights, your HVAC system is incredibly valuable and can create major discomfort in your home if it malfunctions. Below we’ve listed several things you can do now to ensure that your HVAC system will be operating efficiently all winter long.

Preparing Your HVAC System for Winter

Here are just a few things that you can do now to prepare your HVAC system for the colder months ahead:

Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filter

We cannot stress enough the importance of changing your HVAC system’s air filter. This incredibly simple action is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain the longevity of your HVAC system. Check your air filter monthly and be sure to change whenever you notice dirt buildup. never go longer than three months without changing your air filter, as this can cause damage to your HVAC system as well as contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Clean Your Vents

At least once per month, take time to do a thorough cleaning of all your home’s vents using a vacuum cleaner. This will ensure that no excess dirt and debris is preventing adequate air flow or getting caught up in your ductwork.

Sufficiently Insulate the Attic

Lighten the burden that your HVAC system will have to endure over the winter by better insulating your attic. Proper attic insulation prevents warm air from leaking outside and instead keeps it indoors just where you want it. Insulation will ensure that your HVAC system will not be working overtime to try and compensate for all the warm air escaping outside, which means less wear and tear on your HVAC system. Make sure that the insulation in your attic is high enough so that it is difficult to see floor joists; if not, you’ll want to add more.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Maintaining an efficient temperature at home can be difficult without the help of a programmable thermostat, so if you’re still using a manual model, it may be wise to upgrade. Programmable thermostats allow you to program fluctuations in your home’s temperature according to the times when you are home or away. For instance, if you are like most Americans and are away from home for 8 hours of the day, you can set the temperature on your thermostat much lower during those times. And, by programming it to kick up on just before you arrive home, you’ll still be super comfortable when you return.

Get HVAC Maintenance

We advise that you get an annual maintenance checkup performed on your home’s HVAC system, and one of the best times to do so is before winter sets in to prepare it for extended use. A proper maintenance check will allow a professional technician to identify any small issues with your home’s HVAC system before they become expensive problems.

Need HVAC Maintenance?

We’re the experts to call! We’ve been providing the San Joaquin region professional service paired with and family values for over 40 years. We are proudly screened by HomeAdvisor and we only use NATE certified HVAC technicians. Call us today to schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system: (209) 952-6580