Is It Time to Upgrade Your Heater?

white-question-mark-on-blue-circleWinter is progressing right along, and by now you probably know how well–or how poorly–your heating system is operating. Even if you haven’t been hanging out by your thermostat taking specific notes on the ins and outs of your system, we bet you’ve noticed if the system is making a strange noise, or if the air coming out of the vents isn’t as warm as it should be.

Maybe you’ve noticed that your energy bills have spiked compared to last year’s bills, or that you simply don’t feel warm as you think you should.

While professional repair needs should be expected every couple of years, there will eventually come a time that you’ll need a heating system replacement. Read on as we uncover some signs that it’s time for you to upgrade your heater!

Your System Is Old

The first indicator that it’s time to upgrade your heating system to a new model is the actual age of the system. If it is between the ages of 10 to 15, then it’s a good idea to consider an upgrade based on this fact alone.

Your home comfort appliances have a finite time that they’re going to last, and your heating system is no exception. It’s important to remember that even though your heater may run after 10-15 years of age, it doesn’t mean it’s running well, or providing your home with efficient comfort. When we say “service life,” we’re referring to your system’s useful service life.

Poor Performance

Are you feeling as warm as you think you should? If not, then your heater might not be operating as it should. Poor heating system performance means that the system isn’t able to operate in an efficient way. If this problem has plagued you through most of this winter season so far, then it’s time for you to consider a full system upgrade. We can help!

Higher Than Average Utility Bills

Do you keep a close eye on your utility bills? You really should, especially if your heater is reaching 10-15 years old. If your energy bills are higher than they were this same time last year, it’s a definite sign that something in your home is working inefficiently, and your heater could certainly be to blame.

After all, your HVAC systems account for half of all your home’s energy use!

Frequent Repair Needs and Growing Repair Costs

As we mentioned above, it’s natural for a heating system to need repairs–once every couple of years or so. So, what if you find yourself calling for heating repairs 2-3 time a year?! This is a definite sign that your heater is reaching the end of its useful service life!

A general rule of thumb to go by when facing your next heating system repair need is that if it’s going to cost half of what the furnace is worth, it’s likely a better economical choice to go ahead and upgrade the system. Upgrading has an added benefit too–today’s heating systems have much higher efficiency ratings so it’s going to cost you less month-to-month to even use the heating system!

For professional heater replacement in Bellows Falls, VT, reach out to HB Energy Solutions today! 

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