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Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Heating System

Your home’s comfort system is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your house. Keeping track of how efficiently and effectively your furnace or heat pump is running is crucial in knowing when it is time to replace it before repairs become too expensive, or it becomes unsafe to operate.

Here are some of 5 factors to consider when deciding if your heating system should be replaced.

  1. Age

Furnaces generally have a lifespan of 16 to 20 years. If your system is less than 12 years old, and you have maintained it properly, you can probably rest easy. If your system is over 16 years old, or if it has not been regularly inspected and maintained, it may be time to start shopping.

  1. Repair Frequency

Just like a car, home comfort systems will need repairs more often as they get older. If you have had a repair in the past couple of years, did you need to wait for parts? The older a system gets, the more difficult it is to get the parts to fix it. Waiting for that part during a cold snap could feel like a very long time.

  1. Unusual Noises

If your system is making unusual noises, banging sounds, rattling or squealing, it can signal that the end is near. If you hear the blower running excessively or it is sometimes blowing cold air, this is another sign that the furnace could be nearing a breakdown.

  1. Higher Utility Bills

If your gas or electric bills are showing higher usage, or have suddenly spiked, it could be that your older furnace is working overtime to maintain the temperature in your home. Working harder often means that the system will run longer, costing you more.

  1. Home Comfort

Are some rooms in your home too cool while others are uncomfortably warm? Are you adjusting the thermostat more often to find a pleasant temperature? An older heating system that is losing efficiency can struggle to maintain temperature throughout the house.

A-TEMP’s expert comfort advisers are here to help. We will set up an appointment for one of our A-TEAM members to come and measure your home to determine the proper size and explain the different options for your home. A-TEMP Heating & Cooling is the authority on home heating and air conditioning.