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Why Should You Replace Your Heater?

Installing a new heating system is a major investment. And it's one that you might not be so sure that you should make. When your heater starts having problems, suddenly stops working or needs an unexpected repair, you may start wondering, "Should I have the technician fix this? Or should I replace the whole system?"
There's no easy answer when it comes to the repair vs. replace dilemma. The decision is yours and depends on your specific situation. If you're on the fence, looking for some of the more common signs that it's time replace your furnace or boiler can help to make the decision for you.
Keep in mind that you may not see every sign on the list. Some furnaces or boilers only have one problem. But if that problem is an overwhelming signal that points to, "Yes, it's definitely time to replace," the other signs won't necessarily matter as much.
So what are these signs? Take a look at the issues and problems that often signal the need for a replacement.

High Energy Bills

There's no need to spend the bulk of your home budget on your heating costs. Today's energy-efficient furnaces and boilers can significantly reduce the cost of heating a home — especially when you compare them to what you'd pay with a decade-old heater.
Newer heating systems have an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating on their labels. This number is the percentage of energy from the fuel that actually turns into heat. The higher the AFUE, the more energy-efficient your home's furnace or boiler is. If you have above average energy costs, chances are you have a low AFUE number.
Old, low-efficiency systems tend to have ratings between 56 percent and 70 percent. Compare that to new, high-efficiency systems, which have AFUE ratings of 90 percent to 98.5 percent.
An old heating system with a low AFUE has to work harder to heat your home. This uses more energy and raises your bills. If you're looking to lower your bills and your heater has other issues, it may be time for a replacement.
Along with raising your bills in general, a sudden increase in your energy usage may indicate that there's something wrong with your heating system. In some cases, the cost to fix the problem may outweigh the expense of a new heater over time.

Old Age

Again, older heaters aren't as efficient as newer ones. While there's no need to ditch your old model just because you have high hopes of saving a few dollars every month on your gas or electric bills, when you combine age with other issues, investing in a new heater may be the way to go.
In general, most heating systems last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Even though this is the average life expectancy of most furnaces and boilers, some may last longer, and some may not even last for a decade. Before making any major decisions when it comes to replacing your heater based on its age, have a professional HVAC technician evaluate it.

Constant Repairs

If you feel like the HVAC tech is living at your house, if the receptionist at your heating company knows you by the sound of your voice or if you've created a contact in your phone for the company, chances are you're ready for a new heating system.
When your system is in constant need of repairs, it may cost less to replace it with a newer model. One repair in a year isn't a problem. But weekly or monthly issues may mean that the heater is nearing its end. Instead of trying to bandage the problem with quick (less expensive) fixes, replacing the system can make your heating problems go away.
Do you need a new heating system? Precision Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help.