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Is it time to replace your heating system?

Is it time to replace your heating system?

PICTURE OF OLD FURNACEIt is that time of the year again when you will need to be turning on your furnace around the clock. While it is important to check out for any issues that call for repairs, you might have to replace your old heater to guarantee heat for your home throughout the winter.

So how can you tell it’s time to replace your old heater? There is a checklist you can go through to determine if it is time to get rid of your old heater. It includes the following:

  1   Furnace age older than 15 years

If you have a furnace that’s older than fifteen years and which has been having maintenance issues lately, you need to have it replaced. It doesn’t matter if it is still working. The operational thing here is that it is not as efficient as it was when it was new, even with maintenance.

Just like vehicles, older furnaces tend to require more maintenance. In fact, many break down the most during their last two years of life. With a furnace with an age of between 15 to 20 years, you will pay 15 percent more in maintenance than a new one. So why not replace it.

  2   Increasing energy bills and repairs expenses

For an older furnace to provide the same levels of energy as it did when it was new, it has to work much harder. The result is higher bills and frequent repairs. Don’t worry if there is only a slight increase in these costs. Take note if there is a spike in your energy bill and you are having to contact your repairman more often. Get a new furnace. It could be expensive in the short-term but which will help you save money in the long run.

  3   Different temperatures in different rooms of your home

Did you know that having an old furnace can result in some of your rooms being warmer or colder than others? In fact, when an old furnace is combined with an outdated duct system, it is not possible to distribute heat evenly throughout your house. The best solution is to simply install a new HVAC system.

  4   Soot around the registers in your home

When you have an old furnace, expect it to start spewing rust, dirt, and dust particles. These can turn out to be an irritant as well as a health hazard. Soot and rust around the furnace or registers is a sign that you have too much C02 being produced. Don’t wait till your family members start experiencing itchy throats, dry eyes, and headaches. Just replace your old furnace.

  5   A noisy furnace

Your furnace will make some noise when you turn it on and off. When the noise becomes louder, you may need to replace the entire unit. That’s especially when you hear rattling, popping, humming, screeching or squealing sounds. While most of these can be addressed through repairs and maintenance, replace your heater if they persist or increase in loudness.

If you are having one or more of the issues discussed above, it’s time to replace your heater.

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