As the weather gets colder, we rely on our heating systems much more. Your home’s heating system is essential to your comfort and safety, so it’s important to know when to repair or replace it.
Here are things to consider in knowing whether your heating system needs repair or replacement:
1. Electricity Bills
If your home isn’t adequately insulated or your heating system isn’t up to par, your energy bills can skyrocket. One sign of thiss is if your energy bills have been steadily climbing. If this is the case, it might be time to take a closer look at your heating system to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
There are a few things you can do to troubleshoot your heating system before you call in a professional.
First, check to ensure all your windows and doors are properly sealed. If there are any gaps or drafty areas, seal them with weatherstripping or caulk. Next, look at your furnace filter and ensure it’s clean. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to.
Finally, check all your vents to ensure they’re open and not blocked by furniture or other objects.
2. Age of Your Heating System
If your home’s heating system is more than 20 years old, it is probably time for a replacement. Of course, the age of your heating system is not the only factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace it.
Even if your heating system is still relatively new (less than ten years old), it is probably worth repairing if it breaks down frequently.
3. Type of Heating System You Have
If you have an electric heating system, for example, it may be cheaper to repair than to replace. But if you have a gas or oil heating system, it may be more expensive to repair than to replace.
4. Heating System’s History Of Maintenance
It would help to consider how often you’ve had to repair your system in recent years. If it seems like you’re constantly shelling out money for repairs, it might be time to start thinking about replacement. The same goes if the repairs are becoming more and more expensive.
5. Burner Flame’s Color
If you notice that the color of your burner flame starts to change, it could indicate that your heating system has issues. For example, if the flame turns yellow, it could indicate a problem with the gas supply.
If the flame turns red, it could be a sign that the air supply is blocked. If the flame starts to flicker, it could signify that the burner is dirty.
It’s important to know when your heating system needs to be repaired or replaced to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills low. Once one of these signs shows, contact a professional to help you decide the best solution for you.
Regular maintenance and inspection can help keep your system running efficiently for as long as possible. If you do find yourself in need of a replacement, make sure to consult with a professional to find the best option for your home.
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