You know the old phrase “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it?” Well, that saying applies a lot of the time, but when it comes to HVAC systems, sometimes it’s hard to tell if your heating system is broken or not.
No one wants to deal with getting a new heating system, but not knowing the signs that it’s time for a new heating system can leave you stuck with costly emergency repairs, suffering through cold nights, or worse. To keep you from ending up in one of those situations, we’ve got seven signs it’s time for a new heating system.
Your System is Old
Somethings in life get better with age; unfortunately, your heating system is not one of those things.
According to the Department of Energy, the efficiency of older heating systems range from about 56% to 70% while newer systems range from around 80% to 98.5%.
If you can’t remember the last time you purchased a heating system, it’s probably time for a new one. And if you can remember how old your system is and it’s more than 15 years old, that’s another sign that it’s time to start shopping around for a new one.
Your Heating Costs are Rising
If your energy bills during colder months seem higher than the years before while you use the same amount of energy, it could mean that your heating system is working too hard to get the job done. Especially if you stay on top of your regular HVAC maintenance and have properly insulated your home.
In the long run, getting a new heating system will bring in savings by reducing your energy bills. And some energy efficient systems are even tax deductible.
Your Heating System Makes Strange Sounds
It’s normal for your heating system to make some common sounds as it kicks on or off, but if that’s not all you’re hearing, then there’s probably a problem. If your heating system is making unusual sounds like banging, rattling, or squealing, then it’s a clear sign that something is about to fall apart.
If you hear weird sounds from your heating system have your local HVAC expert come in for an inspection. You might only need a tune-up or small repair, or it might be time to ditch the strange sounds and get a new system that runs smoothly. Either way, having a skilled HVAC technician take a look at your system will clear things up.
Your Home Isn’t Comfortable
If some of your rooms are well heated while others aren’t or if your home takes way too long to heat up, it could be because you need a new heating system. A new efficient heating system should be able to keep all your rooms heated evenly and get the whole place warmed up pretty quickly.
You’re Always Getting Repairs
If you’ve been in need of frequent repairs in recent years, it might be your heating system letting you know that it’s time to move on.
Instead of paying to have your old system repaired over and over again, you can save money by having a new system installed by a professional. If you keep paying for frequent repairs, you can end up spending more than a new system costs without ever getting to the root of the problem.
There’s Physical Damage
Physical damage might not seem like a big deal, especially if your heating system appears to be running smoothly, but it’s a good idea to have physical damage checked out.
Physical damage can lead to malfunctions, and in some cases, a bad crack in your heating system can lead to a carbon monoxide leak.
An outdated or malfunctioning HVAC system can mess up the humidity in your home too.
If your home feels too dry during the winter months and way too humid during the summer, it might be time to get your system inspected. Out of wack humidity isn’t only uncomfortable it can lead to warped wood floors, damaged furniture, irritated allergies, and more.
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Do any of these signs sound familiar? If so, it’s time for a new heating system. Remember, buying a new heating system won’t do much good if it’s not the right fit for your home or if it’s not installed correctly.
At AirXperts our skilled technicians will help you identify any problems with your system before they get out of hand. And if it’s time for a replacement, we’ll help every step of the way. From repairs to replacements, and everything in between, we’ve got your back.