The daily temperature is starting to drop rapidly, as we get closer and closer to winter. That means that you’re going to need to make sure your home is ready for the heating season. For most homeowners, preparing for the heating season just means scheduling preventive maintenance for their heating systems.
However, you may find that it’s better to replace your heating system entirely than to try and keep it running for another season. If you aren’t sure whether or not your heating system could use replacing this season, read on for a list of common signs that it’s time for a new one.
Unusually High Operating Costs
How much it costs to operate your heating system will change from month to month, depending on how much you use the system. You should call a professional if you start to notice that your heating system is costing more to operate than it normally does, though. Unexplained spikes in monthly operating costs could indicate that your heating system is reaching the end of its life. Over years of use, the system starts to accumulate more and more wear and tear on its various parts. This eventually starts to substantially negatively impact the operating efficiency of the system, which forces it to operate for longer and longer periods of time. This is what contributes to the higher monthly costs. Unfortunately, the only thing that can be done in a case like this is to replace the entire system.
Constant Repair Issues
It’s not unusual to need to repair your heating system every once in a while. Some are more prone to issues than others, typically depending on how complicated the heater is. However, no heating system should need repairs more often than once every few years. If you need to repair your heating system multiple times a year, it probably means that you need to replace your system. The accumulated wear on the various parts of the heater is causing them to fail in groups, increasing the cost and frequency of repair issues. If your heating system is in need of repairs that often, you have two choices: you can replace the entire system now or replace it one part at a time. It’s far more cost-effective to install an entirely new system.
How long your heater lasts will depend on a variety of different factors, including the type of system you’re using. However, even the sturdiest of heating systems should not be expected to last for longer than 15 years or so. If your heating system is older than 15, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional about whether or not you should replace it now. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get a couple more years of use out of it. Honestly, though, it’s probably better to just install a new one.