As every Southeastern Pennsylvania homeowner knows, fall and winter can bring unpredictable weather. From cold, rainy fall days to snowstorms in the winter, it’s important to have a safe, reliable heating system to keep you and your family warm. If your current heating system is struggling to keep your home warm and comfortable, it may be time to replace it. How do you know when you need a new furnace or boiler? We’ve put together a checklist to help you determine if you should be considering an upgrade.
1. Equipment Age - The average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 15-20 years, depending upon maintenance and usage. Additionally, if your heating system shows signs of rust or if there are visible cracks, call a qualified service provider as soon as possible.
2. Rising Energy Bills - If your energy bill seems to be getting higher and higher each winter without an increase in energy consumption, your heater may be to blame. An increase in energy bills can mean that your system is running less efficiently. Or have you had your service provider out to fix repairs way too frequently? If you see your repair man more than your friends, it’s time to call for a free estimate.
3. Rooms Are Heating Unevenly - If some rooms in your house are colder than others, or if it takes a significant amount of time to heat certain parts of your home, it’s likely due to your heating system. Properly functioning heating equipment should provide even temperatures throughout your home, so if you have inconsistency, it may be a sign to replace your furnace or boiler.
4. Unusual Noises - If you notice your system running louder than normal or develops rattles, buzzes or hums, it’s time to replace due to cracks, leaks or other structural issues.
Get out ahead of serious issues with your aging system by proactively upgrading to high-efficiency heating equipment. You’ll save money, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the comfort of your home all winter long. If your heating system is in need of repair or replacement, or if you’d like to have a trained professional evaluate the health of your heating system, contact our trained specialists today.