How To Tell When Your Heating and AC System Probably Needs Replacing

by projectbuddy

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If you have flipped the switch to “HEAT” and set the temperature to the highest number possible, but nothing is coming out of the vents, and likewise, if you have flipped the switch to “COOL” and set the temperature to the lowest number possible, but nothing is coming out of the vents…

If your thermostat just won’t stay where it’s supposed to on the wall (partly because you’ve been jiggling it so much to get it into just the right position to get it to work)…

If you have been heating and cooling your house on borrowed time for almost seven years beyond the system’s expected lifetime…

If you have occasionally used your oven to “help the old system out just a little in the morning” but are now doing it more often even though the weather hasn’t changed that much…

If you ever hear an odd rattle or metal hitting metal sound like a fork caught in the garbage disposal…

If the red arrow for temperature on the thermostat does a crazy little springy dance that would be sort of cutely entertaining on a child’s toy but looks extremely worrisome on a heating and cooling system…

But perhaps most surely…

If you have your emergency credit cards paid off and are secretly celebrating being debt-free for an entire month and are thinking about framing all of the “nothing due” statements…

Then your heating and air conditioning system probably needs replacing.

This photograph was taken December 2013, the day before my heating and air conditioning system was replaced. I had a wonderfully warm and cozy house to come home to last night. It has been the biggest single expense with this home renovation, but very much worth it.

“Merry Christmas, my old house! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”