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Nobody wants to spend money on a new HVAC system, but like any other appliance in your Dover, Delaware, home, it has a limited lifespan. Even with regular maintenance and expert repairs, there comes a time when it’s better to invest in a new HVAC system. Determining when that time has arrived, however, isn’t always easy.

The worst time to discover you need a new HVAC system is in the middle of a winter storm or a summer heat wave, so pay attention to the following signs that it’s time to take the plunge.

Your Energy Bills are Getting Higher

If you notice your energy bills have been creeping upwards, the age of your HVAC system may be to blame. Due to wear and tear over the years, HVAC systems lose their efficiency over time. Also, improved technology means that furnaces and air conditioners are getting better every year.

If your HVAC system is from 10 to 15 years old, switching to a new HVAC system with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of at least 14 can save you up to $115 each year in energy costs, and improve your comfort and peace of mind as well.

Also, replacing your old system gives you the opportunity to take advantage of innovations such as multi-stage heating and cooling systems. These save energy by operating on low power most of the time, and switching to a higher power setting only when extreme conditions warrant it. You can also consider installing a heat pump or geothermal unit instead of a standard furnace, and take advantage of new smart home technology.

It Uses Freon

Older air conditioning systems use R-22 refrigerant, also known as Freon. In 1992, the HVAC industry began transitioning to R-410A refrigerant, also called Puron. However, Freon-based systems were still manufactured until 2010, so there’s a good chance your older HVAC system uses it. Air conditioners using Puron are more efficient because it can absorb and release more heat than Freon.

Not only is Puron more efficient, but it’s also better for the environment. Freon was found to deplete the ozone layer, so the EPA has banned its production after the year 2020. After that, the costs of servicing a Freon-based system will soar because it will require the purchase of expensive stockpiled Freon.

A Major Component Has Failed

Repairs are a normal part of HVAC maintenance through the years, which is why regular tune-ups and inspections are a must. But eventually if something big goes wrong, like a primary motor, coil, or compressor, the repair cost might not be worthwhile. The cost of labor and parts can add up quickly, and there’s no guarantee that something else won’t go wrong in the near future.

It’s Noisy or Smelly

Even if your older HVAC system seems to be functioning properly, it may still give you signals that its lifespan is just about over. Loud, annoying sounds coming from your furnace or air conditioner can be an indication of a serious problem.

Also, older HVAC systems are less efficient at filtering dust and allergens as well as maintaining proper levels of humidity. If you start to notice unpleasant odors, your indoor air quality could be approaching unhealthy levels.

You Have Safety Concerns

The safety of you and your family is paramount, so if you’re worried about your HVAC unit, you should seriously consider replacing it. A service professional will inspect your system for leakage, check wiring, burners, and flues, as well as look for other potential hazards such as loose connections that could spark an electrical fire.

Carbon monoxide is the most dangerous reason for replacing a furnace. Any furnace that burns fuel, whether it’s propane, natural gas, or oil, can potentially leak deadly carbon monoxide into your home. This may be caused by a cracked heat exchanger, the venting system, or other damaged parts — and it’s more common with older systems.

We at Griffith Energy Services understand that a new HVAC system is a big investment. Give us a call at 888-474-3391 to schedule a thorough inspection. We will give you an honest evaluation of your system’s condition, along with all of the information you need to make this important decision.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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