If you keep your furnace in good repair—calling for professional service whenever you notice malfunctions and maintaining a regular schedule of preventive check-ups and tune-ups—it should serve you for many years with excellent warmth. However, no furnace will last forever. Eventually, it will begin to wear down and reach the point where no amount of repairs will restore it to its former working order. You will need to have it replaced before it becomes a white elephant: a device that costs more to maintain that what it is actually worth.
How can you tell when that time has come—before an inconvenient complete breakdown tells you for certain? There are a number of signs to watch for that will inform you that your furnace is approaching its date of replacement. And below we will list some of those tell-tale signs.
SIGNS YOUR FURNACE SHOULD BE REPLACED
- Consistently high heating bills: Although you can expect minor increases in your energy costs over the years, if you notice that your bills have made a steep climb and neither repairs nor maintenance to the furnace will do anything to lower it, then an extremely aged heating system may be the cause. A natural part of furnace wear is an increase in the amount of work it does to maintain its expected temperature, so pay attention to those higher bills.
- Constant loud operation: In a previous post, we discussed furnace noises and how they can caution you about repair needs. Those same noises can also warn you about the need to replace your furnace if you are hearing them constantly and repairs cannot stop them. This sort of noisy operation indicates that the furnace’s basic components are too aged to function properly any more.
- Uneven heating: If your furnace was sized properly when installed, it should have little trouble providing sufficient heat to reach all the rooms of your home. But if you begin to detect cold spots that can’t be blamed on poor insulation, open windows, or blocked vents, then it’s likely your furnace can no longer keep up with its regular demands.
Consult with professionals
Deciding to replace a heater is a big step, and one you shouldn’t take unless you have help from people trained with HVAC equipment. Contact professionals like those at Expert Air to inspect your system and run tests to see if, indeed, it needs replacement. Those experts will give you the right advice to steer you toward the best possible choice for a replacement, and then install it so you will get many more years of comfort.
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People outside of the state may think that the idea of heating in Houston, TX sounds faintly absurd. But if you’ve lived here through at least one winter, you know we can encounter some chilly days, and chillier nights. You need a heater in your home that will perform effectively and efficiently whenever you need it.
But if you need to replace your current heating system, you might find yourself up against a dilemma: too many choices! Chances are good that your previous heater lasted for many years, and during that time the HVAC industry made tremendous advances in heating technology. “Which type of heater out of the many options should you pick for a replacement?“, you ask?
HERE’S A BRIEF RUNDOWN ON SOME OF YOUR HEATING CHOICES.
We can’t tell you which one is right for you on a blog post, because your home has unique needs. For the help you need to make the correct choice, get the professionals at Expert Air involved from the start.
One of the oldest of all heating systems, furnaces remain competitive in the modern HVAC market because of their flexibility (they can use a variety of fuel sources) and increasing energy-efficiency. If you already have ducts in your home, furnaces make very attractive choices because they will install easily.
Heat pumps work as both heaters and air conditioners, offering a best-of-both-worlds solution for your comfort needs. They can also offer savings on heating bills because they don’t generate heat through burning fuel, but instead use electricity to move heat from outdoors into your home.
Although Houston, TX usually experiences mild winters, temperatures averaging in the low 50s and mid-40s through February can still feel extremely uncomfortable without a properly functioning heater working to keep your home warm. As you get ready for the thermometer to start dropping, take as many steps as you can to make sure you won’t encounter serious heating problems in your home.
At Expert Air, we have decades of experience heating Houston, TX and its neighborhoods; we’ve seen every type of problem that can crop up. We want to pass on some of our knowledge to you so you can keep cozy this winter season with minimal repairs and hopefully zero emergencies. But we’re here if you need repairs or late emergency calls— contact us whenever you need help.
The first step you should take before winter arrives is to get your heating system a professional check and tune-up. From furnaces to geothermal heat pumps, any heating system that expects to get heavy use in the coming months needs an inspection to make sure it’s ready for the task. Getting a professional to perform preventive maintenance will significantly reduce the chances of later repair needs or a full system breakdown. We recommend scheduling maintenance once a year for your heater, and fall is the best time to get it done.
Take precautions with your home’s insulation and places where heat can possibly leak out. The finest heating system ever manufactured won’t mean much if its heat keeps bleeding to the outside. Check on the insulation in the attic, and then caulk windows and put weather stripping around the outside doors.
Once the heating season starts, don’t keep the heater on high temperature settings for long periods. Find a comfortable lower temperature and stay with it, as the EPA recommends: 68° will suit most people, especially with an extra layer of clothing. During the night, lower the thermostat to 58° or 56° and keep a heavy blanket on. A heater that works less will experience fewer problems from rapid aging.
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