With everything going on in our country this year, it can be easy to forget that you need to prioritize your own needs, particularly when it comes to home comfort. One of the most common calls we get in the wintertime is heating emergencies—a heater that’s completely broken down all of the sudden, or has stopped blowing out warm air. This is what happens when you:
- Skip maintenance too many years in a row, or
- Don’t replace your heater when it starts showing signs of failure.
Nobody wants to replace their heater prematurely, nor do they want to be stuck in the cold without a functioning heating system. We get this. This is why we’ve shared below some signs you can watch out for that it’s time to upgrade your heater. Heeding these tips could be the difference between home comfort and suffering in chilly temperatures this year.
Sign #1: Your Heater Is Old
Is your furnace, heat pump system, or boiler over 15 years of age? That alone can be reason enough to start considering a replacement system. Even if you aren’t facing any problems with your system right now, you may start to very soon.
Heaters are only designed to last for so long, and if you are running a heater too far past its prime then it is time to let that system go. You may only end up wasting energy and money instead of saving money from month to month by installing a new, high-efficiency heating system.
Sign #2: Your Heater Constantly Needs Repair
How many times have you found yourself calling for repairs in the last few years? You shouldn’t have to repair your system too often—maybe once every couple of years or so. If instead, you’re calling a few times within a year, it’s a sign that your heater is starting to fail.
This is particularly true if you have an aging furnace or heater, as we alluded to above.
Sign #3: You Hear Strange Noises
There are some sounds you’ll hear coming from your heater that are relatively normal—like the whoosh of air through the vents or the gentle rattle of your ductwork as temperature-controlled air causes them to fluctuate.
But if you hear anything outside of the normal sounds your heating system makes, it’s probably time to call in a pro. This could include heavy or intense rattling, banging noises, grating, humming, squealing, screeching, or squeaking.
Even hissing can be a dangerous noise to ignore. When it’s in a heat pump, it might mean you have a refrigerant leak, whereas if it’s your gas furnace making the noise, you may have a hazardous problem on your hands!
Sign #4: You Notice Cold Air or Low Airflow from the Vents
Is the air blowing through your room vents really unsatisfying? There’s no reason to deal with this—if your vents are blowing out cold or lukewarm air, it’s a sign that something is amiss with your heating system. In many cases, it might be repaired, but this isn’t something to leave to chance! Give us a call so we can properly diagnose the issue, and then help you make an informed decision about the next steps.