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When Should I Replace My HVAC Unit?

June 28, 2024

As a trusted provider of HVAC services in the Savannah, Georgia area, Galbreath Heating & Air keeps homes and businesses comfortable year-round. We’ll help you understand when you should replace your HVAC system.

Average Life Expectancy of HVAC Units

How long your HVAC unit lasts depends largely on its type. You can maximize how long your device lasts by moderating its usage and scheduling regular maintenance.

Central air conditioners last between ten years and fifteen years, and ductless mini splits have an excellent life expectancy of about twenty years. Furnaces have an average life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years while heat pumps typically last about 15 years.

Other Signs Your Device Needs Replacement

When should I replace my HVAC unit? The biggest sign is when the unit reaches the end of its life expectancy. You’ll also know you need a new device if you notice any of the following signs.

Frequent Repairs

Do you find yourself paying for extensive repairs? You’ll save money in the long term by upgrading to a new unit. As devices age, they require more frequent and expensive repairs.

You can determine if a new device is a good value by multiplying the cost of the repair by the age of the device. If the total equals at least $5,000, you can consider a new furnace or air conditioner a smart investment.

Old Refrigerant

Old models use the outdated R-22 refrigerant, also known as freon. If your air conditioner leaks freon, you won’t have access to R-22 and can’t refill it.

Newer models use R-410A refrigerant. It runs more efficiently, doesn’t release ozone-depleting chemicals, isn’t flammable or toxic, and has a longer life expectancy.

Rising Utility Bills

HVAC units have a significant drop in energy efficiency as they reach the end of their life expectancy. If you notice your energy bills rising disproportionately to how often you use your device, you need an upgrade.

Poor Air Quality

Your device ages cool or heat the air as well as it ages. You’ll notice uneven temperatures throughout your home or air that doesn’t reach the temperature set on your thermostat.

Unusual Smells and Noises

One major sign you need a new device is if you notice weird noises or smells coming from your device. This includes the sound of banging, clanking, or grinding. You should feel concerned if you smell burning, mold, or decomposition.

Abnormal Operation

If your device runs constantly, turns on and off quickly, or doesn’t turn on at all, you may have a power issue or some other major problem.

Galbreath Heating & Air Offers Effective HVAC Device Replacement

Now you know the answer to “When should I replace my HVAC unit?” When it comes time to replace your HVAC system or device, Galbreath Heating & Air can do it effectively and for a competitive price. We can also assess the state of your air conditioner, furnace, heat pump, and more. 

To obtain an estimate, call (912) 756-3102.

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Steven Galbreath

Steven Galbreath is the General Manager of Galbreath Heating & Air and was recently recognized as one of the Top 20 Under 40 HVAC Professionals by the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia.

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Tresica W.
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We had a great experience. Brandon our technician that came out was very knowledgable. He was patient when I asked questions, and didn’t make feel like I was stupid. He was also very professional and showed up when he said he was going to. Idk if it’s an option but next time I need ac work done I’ll be requesting that Brandon comes out to help. Overall a great employee and a great company you can trust to get the job done right the first time.
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Galbreath and Sons have been taking care of our HVAC repairs and maintenance for a few years now. Our unit was not purchased from them, however, that has never been an issue as far as any service or repairs are concerned.They are always very prompt and responsive even with an after hours call. I can say that they have never had to come back for the same issue as well.Danny has been out to us a couple times now and he is a top-notch technician! Very professional and knowledgeable! Same with Kevin! He has taken care of our house and my Mother-in-Law's as well.No need to use any other business for HVAC in this area! And no, I'm not a paid endorser or employee!
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Brandon was professional, knowledgeable and provided an honest assessment of the issue that was occurring with my AC unit. I will definitely use the company's services in the future.
Rebecca C.
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Zach was super friendly and helpful! Thank you for taking the time to explain what was done and helping us keep our system functioning properly!
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We always get the bests service ever from Galbreath Heating and Air. We have had a maintenance agreement for years, and have had no major issues. When we did, they were quickly responsive and handled everything to resolve and get us back up and running. Gil is our technician for regular maintenance and sometimes if we need an on call and we could not ask for a more courteous, knowledgeable professional to work with. Thanks for everything you do to take care of us! Patty Pierce
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Aaron was very polite and well informed regarding my system. I especially appreciate that he explained everything he was doing and the difference between each package that could potentially expand the life of my unit. Thank you Aaron for providing the wonderful service.
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This company is exceptional. From the moment I spoke to the ladies in the office I felt like this company was where I needed to be they sent a gentleman out named Aaron I knew everything about him before he reached my home they let me know when my appointment was even sent me a reminder the day of with a small brief introduction to my technician I can't say enough about their services how fast and friendly they are if I could give them a hundred Stars I would thank you Aaron so much for your kindness and making my elderly mother feel safe while you were in her home thank you to the ladies in the office for making my appointment fast and sending out reminders so I didn't forget thank you you guys I look forward to many years of business with you. This company truly cares about more than just their business they care about you as an individual as well thanks so much guys
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Galbreath's came out on a Sunday to repair my ac. I like the fact they text a photo and information regarding the tech coming to the house. Thanks
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