When Should I Replace My Heating System?
A properly installed boiler or furnace could last a decade or more if it’s maintained properly by a heating professional. But eventually, even well cared-for heating equipment will eventually wear down – and if you wait too long to replace it, you may find yourself throwing money out the window on heating repairs for a system that’s past its prime.
The million (or at least several thousand) dollar question is, “how long is ‘too long?’”
While the decision to replace rather than repair your heating equipment can sometimes be an easy one to make (if your equipment breaks down altogether, for example), more often than not the choice falls into a gray area between the two options.
If that’s the case, lean toward replacing your heating equipment if:
- Your equipment is more than 15 years old – Just because your furnace blows warm air or your boiler gets your radiators warm doesn’t mean you should hold onto them indefinitely. The fact is, your old furnace or boiler may be running at half its original efficiency; if that is true, replacing it with a new, high efficiency system could pay for itself in just a few years. In the meantime, you will feel more comfortable in your space and worry less about no heat emergencies.
- Its performance has dropped off – Eventually, your furnace won’t be able to heat your home they way it should, even after heating system maintenance or professional heating repairs; replacement could be your best (or perhaps only) option.
- Your heating bills are rising – Higher energy bills compared to previous years could mean that the efficiency of your furnace or boiler is dropping – something that happens steadily as your equipment nears the end of its useful days.
- You need more repairs – Repeat calls to your heating repair professional usually indicates a fundamental problem that could be costly or even impossible to fix. If you have older equipment, it’s time for a heating system upgrade. If it’s less than 10 years old, consider replacing your equipment if the repair cost is half or more of the cost of an upgrade.
As with any home comfort equipment choice, your best bet when considering whether to repair or replace your heating system is to learn as much as possible about your options before you make a decision – and the best way to learn is to contact an experienced heating professional like the ones you’ll find at Ace-Robbins.
Our experts will assess your heating needs, make recommendations for your upgrade, and install your heating equipment quickly and neatly so you can get back to enjoying your warm, comfortable Tunkhannock-area home.
If you live in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Sullivan, or Wyoming counties in PA , there’s only one choice for reliable heating equipment installation and service: Ace-Robbins. Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on high efficiency heating equipment – or to become an Ace-Robbins heating oil or propane customer.