Though the heating season is at an end, it’s still a good idea to evaluate your system’s performance to determine whether or not it needs replacing. If your heater didn’t do too well, and you don’t think it’s going to last another season, you should consider replacing it early. You don’t want to wait until right before winter starts to have a new heater installed, or you’ll be scrambling just to get everything taken care of by the time you need it. So, do you need a new heater? Find out by reading through the list below.
Does Your Heater Cost Way Too Much From Month to Month?
If your heater is costing you more on a monthly basis than you feel it should, it might be due to the accumulation of wear and tear over time. As the system wears down, it will begin to lose efficiency after years of use. The efficiency loss will force the heater to operate for longer periods of time to get the same results, which will in-turn drive up your monthly heating costs. You should contact a professional technician if you think your heater is doing this, because the only way to resolve the problem is usually to install a new system.
Does Your Heater Break Down a Lot?
If your heater breaks down every few years or so, that’s not a big deal. No system is perfect, and even with regular maintenance there are occasional problems that slip through. However, there’s a difference between normal repairs and needing to have your system fixed every few months. If your heater is breaking down that often, you should probably talk to a professional technician about replacing it. You’re just replacing the system one piece at a time, anyway. You might as well install an entirely new system and not have to worry about it needing repairs for a while.
Is Your Heater Older Than 15?
Depending on the kind of heater you have, you can expect it to last right around 15 years before needing replacement. You might be able to get a few more years out of a system like a boiler, but if you’re using a forced air system 15 is probably the best you’re going to get. Heaters that age past that point will start to develop all kinds of issues that will impact their health and efficiency. The cost of operating the heater will rise over time, quickly outstripping the few benefits associated with keeping it running. You should consult with a professional about replacing your system if it’s older than 15. You may pay more for up-front installation costs, but you’ll save money in the long run on repairs and maintenance.
Climate Masters offers comprehensive heating installation services in St. Augustine, FL. If your current water heater is at the end of its life and you need a new one, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll find the perfect heater for your home’s unique needs.i