Fall is around the corner, so make sure your heating system is ready to tackle the fall weather. We break down some clues you can spot that means your heater needs a replacement.
Heating System Age
If your equipment is more than ten years old, it's time to consider upgrading. Older heating systems aren't as efficient and don't perform as well as newer models. This means that they use more energy to achieve the same results, which can add up over time. In addition, old equipment may be less safe—the longer a unit has been in use, the more likely it is that parts will have deteriorated or worn out over time.
This isn't just a matter of saving money on your monthly bill; an inefficient system could be costing you more than you think!
If your heating system is making you break out in a cold sweat and you’re constantly calling for repairs, it might be time for a replacement. Not only are repairs expensive, but they can also result in downtime and disruption to your life. Frequent repairs may indicate more severe problems with the system, or it could simply be an inefficient model that needs replacing anyway.
If your energy bills have been increasing and you can't explain why it might be time to replace your HVAC system. The heating and air conditioning system is the most expensive appliance in your home. As such, replacing a unit when it's still working well is usually a good idea rather than waiting until something goes wrong. The older your HVAC system gets, the more energy-efficient (and thus less expensive) units become available on the market. If you aren't sure if replacing yours would save money or not, consult with an HVAC contractor who can help you determine whether replacing is cost-effective for your situation.
A heating system is designed to heat your home at a certain level, so if you’re not getting the heat you need, it could be a problem with your heating system. If you’re feeling cold in your home for more than a few days, or if the radiator isn’t producing enough heat when turned on high, then it might be time for an upgrade.
If you are experiencing uneven or hot and cold spots in your home, it could be a sign of a problem with the thermostat, ductwork, or insulation. Uneven temperatures can cause mold and mildew, which can lead to respiratory problems. Cold spots are caused by poor insulation.
The system is making unusual noises.
When the system is making unusual noises, it's usually a sign of mechanical problems. Noise can also be caused by a leak. If you hear water or steam escaping from the system, that means there's an issue with your heating equipment.
Another possible reason for the noise is clogs or restrictions in the pipes and ducts that make up your home's heating system. A clog could be caused by debris such as dust or dirt, which should be removed from time to time with proper maintenance techniques like vacuuming and cleaning filters.
If you want to save as much money as possible, it's important to ensure that your heating system is working efficiently. An older system will likely cost more in repairs than a newer one and have a lower efficiency rating. You'll also be spending more money on energy bills if the system isn't performing well, which could cause you to see an increase in your utility bills.