The groundhog saw his shadow, so you know what that means: winter is going to stick around for a few more weeks. With temperatures staying frosty for a bit longer, it’s more important than ever that you keep your heating unit up and running, not just for comfort, but for the safety of yourself and your family. If you’ve got a clunky, old heating unit that’s on its last legs, you may be wondering when it’s time to get a new one. Here are a few tips from Drainworks Plumbing and Heating to help you tell if your old heating unit needs to be replaced with a new one.
How Old is Your Heating Unit?
If your heating unit was installed less than 12 years ago, it will likely be able to perform its duties for a few another decade or more. In this case, diligent maintenance will go a long way towards extending the lifespan of your heater, whether it runs on gas or oil. Once your furnace hits 16 years of age, it’s probably time to start looking for a new one. While many units can continue operating up to 20 years or more, decreases in efficiency may end up costing you more than it would to install a new one.
Rising Energy Bills
One big way in which an old furnace can cost you is by raising your heating bills in the winter. A properly maintained furnace can run efficiently for up to two decades, but if you’ve skipped a few service appointments, you may notice your energy bills rising sooner than that. Problems with internal components in your heater can mean it has to run longer to maintain the same temperature in your home, meaning your oil or gas bills can skyrocket. When this happens, you must consider whether your higher heating bills could have paid for a newer, more efficient furnace.
High Repair Bills
Every heater will need maintenance at some point and that can often mean paying for labor and expensive replacement parts. Just like with your car, there’s a tipping point where repairing it may end up being more costly in the long run than simply replacing it with a new one. If this is the case, don’t let your heater nickel and dime you to death; instead, consider getting a new unit installed. Chances are it won’t need any replacement parts for a few years and more than likely a new unit will be more efficient than your old one, saving you money on your heating bills.
If you’ve witnessed any of these symptoms in your home heating system, it’s probably a good idea to start shopping for a new heating unit. When your old heater has seen better days, give Drainworks Plumbing and Heating a call! We perform full installations of heaters, boilers, and furnaces that run on both gas and oil. We can even convert your old oil heater to a more efficient natural gas unit to save you money! We’ve been trusted by the residents of Philadelphia since 1988, so let us go to work for you on your next home heating repair or upgrade.