Whether you own a packaged heating unit, heat pump or furnace, the time will come when it needs to be replaced. If you're wondering just when would be the ideal time for a replacement, rest assured because the following are just a few factors that can help you in your decision-making. Of course, it never hurts to consult with a professional heating technician, too.
The System's Life Span
Heat pumps and central heating units last between ten and 15 years. A furnace lasts an average of 15 years, but you might get 20 years out of it if you keep good care of it. However, older systems generally require more repairs, making a new system more cost-effective in the long run.
The Cost of Repairs
If your system still has some life in it but you're faced with a repair, consider the cost. Generally, when the price of a repair is less than 30% of the cost of a replacement, you should go with the repair. A good example of a major repair is the replacement of the heat exchanger, the component in a furnace that creates warm air. The job could easily take more than a thousand dollars to complete. In that case, you might be better off springing for a new system.
Your Utility Bills
An old or simply inefficient heating system will take its toll on your utility bills. Ask yourself if you've seen an abnormal rise in your bills combined with mediocre heating performance. This would suggest that the unit is working harder to maintain the same level of comfort in your home. Any kind of stress on a system will raise the bills and wear it down faster.
Again, a heating professional could best help you as you weigh your options. New system installations are considerably more efficient, saving you money in the long run. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home soon, a newer system can boost the property value.
Bottom line: We’re Melbourne’s trusted home comfort specialists. Our team at WEATHER ENGINEERS are NATE-certified and factory-trained. To schedule an appointment, call (321) 727-2542.