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Heating and Cooling System Needs Replacement

You depend on your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. However, like all mechanical systems, HVAC units can falter and eventually fail. Recognizing the signs of HVAC system failure is the key to avoiding breakdowns at the worst possible times. Here are nine indicators to watch out for.

  1. Constant breakdowns: Repeatedly calling an HVAC repair company for help gets old pretty quickly. If your unit is prone to ongoing problems, replacing it might be the most cost-effective option.
  2. Inability to keep up with demand: Does your unit struggle to maintain a comfortable temperature during cold snaps or heat waves? If the performance isn’t what it used to be, that’s a sign of a failing HVAC system.
  3. Spike in energy bills: As your system ages or develops problems, it must work harder to maintain the same comfort level, leading to increased energy consumption and higher costs. An unexpected increase in your utility bills could be a cry for help from your HVAC system.
  4. Equipment age: The typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 10 to 15 years. If your system is approaching or has surpassed this age, its efficiency could be going downhill, making replacement a wise choice to reduce operating costs.
  5. Screeching or hissing: If your outdoor unit starts making screeching metal sounds, it could be a sign of fan motor bearings going out. Similarly, a high-pitched hissing noise might indicate dangerous pressure buildup in your system. These sounds are not normal and usually signal that something is wrong internally.
  6. Inconsistent airflow and temperature: Experiencing hot and cold spots throughout your home signals airflow problems. This issue could stem from fixable factors, such as a clogged filter or leaky ductwork, but it might also indicate the failure of a major component like the compressor.
  7. Frequent on and off cycles: Short cycling, where your HVAC system frequently turns on and off, indicates a problem. You might simply need to change the air filter or recharge the refrigerant, but a replacement may be in order if the issue stems from the evaporator coil.
  8. Unwanted moisture and water leakage: Water pooling around your system or increased indoor humidity may indicate leaks within your HVAC unit. Turn the system off and have the problem professionally diagnosed to avoid health hazards like mold growth.
  9. Ice buildup: Ice forming on or near HVAC components is a clear sign of trouble. The most common causes are air blockages, dirty coils, or refrigerant leaks, all of which require immediate attention to prevent further damage.

Are you seeing any of these indicators for HVAC replacement in your Portland, Beaverton, or Hillsboro-area home? The best way to handle it is to call Oregon Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll diagnose the issue and recommend the most cost-effective approach, whether that’s a repair or a replacement. Rest assured that we offer financing options to make your investment as affordable as possible.

To request your free HVAC installation estimate, please call us at 503-673-3265 or fill out our online contact form. We’ll put our 25 years of experience to work for you!