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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

An HVAC System Replacement Provides You With All New Energy-Efficient Equipment

by Billie Carlson

If your furnace and air conditioner are old and need repairs more often, it's probably time to think about an HVAC system replacement. A system replacement usually involves replacing the AC, furnace, ducts, and thermostat. When everything is replaced at the same time, the parts can work together more efficiently since the parts are matched to work well together. Here's what you should know about an HVAC system replacement.

Newer Equipment Will Be More Energy Efficient

HVAC equipment has ratings that let you know how efficiently they work. You may not need the most efficient equipment, but you might need more energy-efficient equipment in harsher climates.

The HVAC contractor can explain how energy efficiency is measured and the recommended ratings for your local area. Plus, they'll consider your budget since highly efficient equipment costs more.

Ducts Get Worn Out Too And Need To Be Replaced

If your ducts are several years old, it's usually a good idea to replace them since they can be coated with dust, allergens, and mouse droppings inside. The seams might be loose and leaking conditioned air.

Also, it's important for your ducts to match the airflow output of your new system. Your contractor will probably recommend getting new ducts for your new equipment so the ducts are efficient too. You can get flexible or sheet metal ducts as you prefer.

An HVAC System Replacement Requires Several Steps

Replacing your HVAC could take all day or even longer. The refrigerant has to be drained and captured before the equipment can be taken apart. Then the equipment is dismantled so the condenser and air handler can be removed along with the ducts. The equipment will probably be broken down later so it can be recycled.

Installing the new equipment takes careful work so you won't have any problems once you start using your HVAC daily. Parts will be tested and then your equipment is given a performance test once the thermostat is installed.

You May Get A Warranty And Service Plan

Your HVAC equipment will probably come with a warranty from the manufacturer that pays for parts, such as the compressor. Your HVAC contractor will probably add a labor warranty that covers the cost of replacing equipment covered under the manufacturer's warranty. It's important to understand the terms of the warranty so you don't void it accidentally by doing DIY repairs.

It's good to consider signing up with a service plan from your HVAC contractor after you've had an HVAC system replacement. This ensures you never miss annual maintenance, which is essential for keeping your new equipment in good shape. 

For more info about HVAC replacement, contact a local company.