Is your heating system barely hanging on?
Most heating systems can last about 15-20 years, but this number can greatly fluctuate based on your usage and how well it’s been cleaned and maintained over the years. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your system?
When it comes to your heating system, it’s always better to be proactive. It’s more cost effective and less stressful for you to replace your equipment before it does. The last thing you want is to be without heat as the temperatures drop. Here are some signs to look for that can indicate it’s time to replace your heating system:
Your equipment is older than 15 years
As we stated above, most heating systems can last 15-20 years if they’ve been properly maintained and cleaned regularly. However as your equipment gets older, it doesn’t function as efficiently as it used to. You may notice you’re burning fuel faster than you used to, or your home isn’t getting quite as warm. How do you know how old your furnace is? If you’re not sure, this information can usually be found on the labels on your equipment.
You’ve needed extra repairs in the last couple of years
Have you had to call a technician to come fix your heating equipment between your annual maintenance appointments? Sometimes this is a result of a single aging part or a minor issue that can be easily fixed. If you’re needing major repairs or more frequent repairs, then it most likely means your equipment is reaching the end of its usable life. It is often more cost effective to replace your equipment at this point than to wait for multiple repair bills to add up.
Your equipment is making strange noises
Have you noticed unusual sounds coming from your heating equipment lately? If everything is functioning properly, the sound it makes should be consistent and barely noticeable (like white noise that you barely notice over time). If you start hearing banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises coming from your equipment, this is a strong indication that something is wrong. A technician can come diagnose or repair the problem, but it may be time to discuss replacement if you’re noticing this along with any other signs.
Your fuel bills are increasing
As equipment gets older it doesn’t run as efficiently as it used to. This will result in higher fuel and/or electric bills for you. Don’t forget – the extra money you spend every month on these higher energy bills could be going toward a new, more efficient system!
You’re not comfortable
Does your home not feel like the temperature showing on the thermostat? Are some rooms colder than others? This is often a sign that your system is not able to properly distribute heat anymore. The installation of a new system can correct these issues so you’re always comfortable in your home!
Have you noticed any of these signs as you turned on your heat this year? If so, it is most likely time to consider a new heating system. Not only will a new system save you the costs of frequent repairs, but they are more efficient and can save you money on your fuel usage.
Call SMO Energy today to get your free in-home energy consultation. Our expert consultants will come to your home and, with proper social distancing and safety measures, will help you choose the best system for you and your home.
Call us now at 888-222-3720 and get your free consultation and estimate!