When To Upgrade Your Heater

upgrading the heaterIf you want to keep your home warm and comfortable, it’s important you take proactive steps to ensure your heater is in good operational condition. If your heater goes out unexpectedly, you could find yourself in a difficult situation. Not having heat can make your home uncomfortable, but it’s also a safety concern. Low temperatures can contribute to sickness and disease.

You can usually keep an old heater operational with proper maintenance, although there are times in which it’s best to upgrade. It’s vital you know how to determine if your old heater is worth repairing. Making the wrong choice could be a costly mistake.

Age of Heater

It’s important you consider the age of your heater when deciding if it’s time to replace it. While some old heaters still run well, they are likely costing you money on your energy bill if they are more than 10 years old. These heaters do not run as effectively or efficiently as newer models. While you might be tempted to keep your old heater until it stops working entirely, this decision could be a costly mistake. It’s important you consider both the short and long-term impact of your decision. A new heater will cost you more now, but it will be saving you money in the long run by reducing your power bill.

Unusual Noise

If your heater is making a loud or unusual noise, it could be time to upgrade to a newer model. Excessive noise coming from your heater could mean several things, and none of them are good. People often ignore the sound and hope the problem will resolve itself, but this is rarely the case. Failing to address problems with your heater only enables them to progress. If you hear a scratching noise coming from your heater, turn it off right away, it’s likely an issue with the blower, and if this is the case, it is a serious safety issue.

Frequent Repairs

All equipment is prone to having problems and issues at some point, and your heater is no exception. However, if you find yourself investing money in repairing your heater on a regular basis, it might be more cost-effective for you just to replace it. Many people overlook this problem, and they believe it’s best to keep doing repairs on their other heater, but this costs them a significant amount of money. If you heater is in bad shape, it likely won’t be long until it stops working entirely. It’s important you address the issue now so that you don’t get stuck without a heater in the future.

Final Thoughts

Your heaters job is to keep your home warm and comfortable consistently, but it’s also important that your heater is reliable and cost-effective. Heaters more than 10 years old consume more power and are prone to frequent maintenance issues. Inability to recognize and address this issue is not only a waste of money, but it could also present a safety concern.

Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.