Is It Time to Replace My Heater?

When temperatures start to drop during the winter, the performance of your heating system is critical. Like all things mechanical, your HVAC unit will eventually break down. So why wait for it to bite the dust during a cold snap? Watch for these red flags that it’s time to upgrade now.

Steep Utility Bills

Your outdated heater could be the blame for a steep utility bill. As a heating unit ages, it gradually becomes less efficient. This will be reflected in your heating costs.

Changing it out for a high-efficiency heating system will improve comfort while being more affordable to operate. Modern furnaces have an annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE, of 90 percent and higher, which means they only lose about 10 percent of the heat they generate. Older systems have AFUE of around 60.

Noisy Performance

Heaters are designed to operate quietly. When you notice strange noises, your heater is likely on its last leg. Some of the potential problems include a worn motor bearing, frayed blower belt, dirty burners. These sounds can be remedied through routine maintenance and minor repairs, but if your system is between 15 and 20 years old, it might make sense to go ahead and replace it.

Cold Spots in Your Home

Your furnace is designed to distribute heat evenly throughout your home. Inconsistent temperatures could mean that it’s no longer up to the task.

Requires Frequent Repairs

A furnace will require the most repairs during the last several years of its life. At a certain point, it’s more feasible to replace it. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if the cost of the repair is half the price of a new unit, spring for the upgrade. You’ll enjoy a more reliable system, improved comfort and lower operating costs.

For all of your heating needs, contact A-Temp Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (503) 694-3396.
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