How Can You Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Heater?

With plenty of cold days and even chillier nights still left in Hayden, ID this season, your heating system is likely getting quite the workout. Hopefully, you haven’t had any detrimental issues this season. However, no matter what type of heater you have in your home, there will come a time when its performance will decrease.

Even well-maintained heating systems need repairs every now and then. How can you tell though, if your system needs repair or if it’s time to replace your heater all together? We’ve listed some signs below that indicate it’s time for a system replacement.

Your System Is At Least 15 Years Old

According to a report published by ConsumerReports.org, the average life expectancy of a gas furnace is 18 years. This fluctuates depending on the type of heating system you have, and the make and model of your system. However, even well-maintained systems will begin to degrade by 15 years of age. EnergyStar.gov decreases that to 10 years for heat pumps.

Your Heating Bill Increases

Let’s say you have a well-maintained system and your air ducts are properly sealed, yet you notice your heating bill has increased dramatically. A sudden increase over the years likely indicates that your furnace is close to failing. The extra money you’re spending on your monthly heating bill could go toward the purchase of a new heating system.

You Hear Odd Noises

Nobody knows what your furnace sounds like better than you do. If you notice unusual noises such as rattling, banging, or hissing, it may be cause for alarm. Older heating systems tend to make these strange noises closer to the end of their life. Something could be loose, or it could be indicative of a more serious problem that can no longer be remedied with a quick repair.

The above mentioned signs are not the only factors you should watch out for. If your thermostat settings don’t seem to affect your home’s temperature, and/or if your burner flame is yellow rather than blue, your heater could need replacing. If the majority of these signs apply to your furnace, it’s time to give us a call.

Contact ACI Northwest Inc. today for your heating system needs!

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