Most heating systems are designed to last a very, very long time by most appliance standards. As long as you properly maintain and service them, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. But at the end of the day a heater is still an appliance. It’s man-made and won’t last forever and being a heater doesn’t change that. Sometimes you do everything right and your heater will still find a way to break. Unfortunately, that’s just the way of things.
Other times, your heater is just old and not as efficient as it could or should be – and getting repairs doesn’t make sense when you can just buy a new one. But how do you know when ‘its time’ to make the big upgrade?
That’s the question we’re going to try to answer for you today. Here are the signs that it’s probably time to drop your current unit, take the plunge – and buy a new system.
Drop in efficiency
The older the heater gets, the less efficient it gets. Yes, wear and tear factors in for sure; but it’s really due to simple technology more than anything. What was cutting edge 20 years ago is a dinosaur today. And the less efficient it gets, the longer it runs, the bigger your bills get and the more painful the headache becomes. If you notice that your bill is going up and up every year, it might be time for a new heater.
Repair Needs have increased
Just like cars, there’s no such thing as a perfect heating system. Eventually components will go and you’ll have to get something fixed. That being said – that should really only crop up every few years or so, especially if you’re keeping up on maintenance. As a heater comes to its end however, repairs will become more and more frequent. When repairs begin to come every few months as opposed to every few years, it’s probably time to call a pro and consider and upgrade.
Like we said above, old age is a big factor. It’ll run less efficiently and the more wear and tear you put on the system, the more likely parts are to malfunction. Once you get to a point, it’ll simply end up costing you more and more to keep it running in a way that makes any kind of financial sense. When the costs outweigh the benefits, it’s time to cut bait.
If you do decide to upgrade, then make sure you call a pro to help walk you through the process. There are dozens of models and makes that can be a boon to not only your home, but your wallet as well. Give us a call to learn about your options today!