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Maintaining your Hilton Head, South Carolina, home means monitoring the various systems for signs of wear and tear. Your HVAC system is no exception. While regular maintenance can help you make the most of your equipment, the time will come for a replacement. Check out these signs that you may need to upgrade your HVAC setup.

The Age of Your HVAC System

Generally speaking, homeowners can expect to get between 10 and 15 years of life out of an HVAC unit with typical usage and proper maintenance. If your system is older than that, the components may start to break down, no matter how diligent the care. Also, a system more than 10 years old likely uses R-22, a type of refrigerant that is expensive and is no longer used in new systems due to environmental dangers. Upgrading means no more pricey R-22. Finally, it’s usually more costly to make significant repairs to a unit more than 10 years old than to replace it.

Increasing Utility Bills

Your utility bills vary from season to season, but if you are seeing the cost creep up over time, especially when comparing the same months year over year, this is a sign that your HVAC system is losing efficiency.

Regular maintenance once or twice annually can help, but eventually, it’s smarter to get a new unit and let the savings from the monthly bills help offset the expense.

A new unit is more efficient and runs less often, saving energy and costs. Energy.gov estimates that you can save up to 40% on your utility bills when you install a new HVAC system.

Replacing your HVAC system is a significant purchase. Therefore, you want to do so with guidance from a professional. Call Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning at 843-352-4745 to schedule an appointment today. We’ll give you all the options that suit your Hilton Head, South Carolina, home and help you choose the one that fits your needs best.

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