Temperatures can be pretty unpredictable in our area, and some years we may not even need our heaters for more than a few weeks. So, it makes sense that you don’t want to spend a lot on that heater. The best way to ensure you’re not spending too much month-to-month is to invest in annual maintenance. If you haven’t done so already this year, now is the perfect time.
But even with maintenance, there will come a day when your system will need to be replaced. Even the most well-cared-for heater can only last about 10–15 years before it stops working as efficiently and effectively as it used to. But how do you know for sure when your system is in need of an upgrade? Read on to find out!
Your Heater Is Aging
Like we just mentioned, a heater can typically last 10–15 years. Beyond that point, it’s going to start succumbing to the wear and tear it’s received throughout the years. Even if you’re not currently facing a huge repair need or performance problems, it’s still a good idea to have a professional take a look at your heater and give you an educated idea about whether you should upgrade to a new system sooner rather than later.
Running an old system, even if it seems to be “working just fine,” can waste a lot of energy and money. You’ll save money by having the system upgraded.
Your System Constantly Needs Repairs
How many times have you had to call a pro for furnace or heating system repairs in the last handful of years? Your heater should only need a repair maybe once every few years. If you find yourself calling for repairs every few months, there’s definitely something going on with your heating system.
Chances are, if it’s an older system, it’s simply reached the end of its useful lifespan.
You Hear Odd Noises from the System
Some of these sounds may simply signal that your heater needs repairs. But if they’re coupled with old age or any other furnace problems, then it’s likely that it’s time for you to upgrade the heater. These sounds include:
If you detect any of these sounds, you definitely have a problem with your heater. Ignoring a problem like this can not only cause a full heater breakdown, but it can lead to safety hazards as well, such as cracked heat exchangers that will expose your household to harmful carbon monoxide.
You Feel Cold or Low Airflow
Is the air blowing through your vents unsatisfying? If you find yourself dealing with low levels of airflow or air that seems cool coming from your heater, it’s a sign something is amiss. It may be damaged ductwork that needs repairing, or it could be that there are things going on inside the furnace itself that are preventing it from providing the heat you expect. The best thing you can do is give our team a call to schedule an inspection!