Five Signs Your Heating System Won’t Last This Season

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With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your heating system. Many Columbia, South Carolina, residents haven’t had to turn on the heat yet thanks to the mild fall. The time will come, however, and you want to make sure that your system will last through the winter. If you’re experiencing one of these five signs, it may be time to consider replacement.

Shaking, Rattling, and Rolling

Heating systems tend to make a lot of noises when they are nearing the end of their lives. They may also start to shut off and turn on again without reason. Sometimes a simple repair is all your system needs; although, if you’ve already had your system repaired recently or if your system is old, you may want to consider replacing it.

Systems that are nearing their lifespan’s end can cause major headaches if they break down suddenly in the cold winter. These systems also tend to use more energy than newer systems, driving up your utility bills. You may want to consider replacing your system sooner rather than later to avoid these issues.

Your Electric Bill is Off the Charts

With the weather changing dramatically, it’s normal to see a fluctuation in your energy bills. What is not normal is getting a huge surprise one month, which can mean your heating system either needs repairing or replacing. When heating systems aren’t functioning correctly, they tend to use a lot of excess energy as the system struggles to heat your home. Especially if your furnace hasn’t been maintained regularly, you may see an increase in your bills and need to consider replacing it.

Repairs, Repairs, Repairs

If you’ve had to call an expert technician to your home more than once in the past two years to repair your heating unit, you may need to worry about your unit lasting through the winter. It is possible to keep your heating system running through repairs; however, you run the risk of having your system break down all together. This situation may have you scrambling to keep your family warm and buying a new system on the spur of the moment. With such a big investment, it’s better to plan ahead than to make the purchase when you’re desperate.

The Air Quality is Off

If you’ve noticed that your home is dustier than normal or that your allergies are worse than usual, it can be a sign that your heating system is about to break down. Have a professional complete an Indoor Air Quality assessment to decide if your air quality is poor.

Poor IAQ can be a sign that your heating system is on the fritz. A system that is running poorly can send a lot of yucky stuff such as mites, mold, dust, and other allergens into the air. While you may just need to replace the air filters, it could also point to a bigger issue — like your heating system is going to break down.

It’s Old

Your unit may need replacing simply because it’s old. Depending on your unit and how often you have it serviced, your heating system should last between 10 to 20 years. But just because your system can last that long doesn’t mean you don’t need it replaced.

If your unit is older than 15 years, you should consider investing in a new heating system. As systems age, they naturally start to use more energy, and since it may have happened gradually over the past couple of years, you may not have even noticed it. Additionally, not all HVAC units were necessarily built as environmentally friendly 15 to 20 years ago. You may be missing out on really great savings by having a less-efficient unit.

Although you may want to put off buying a new heating system, you could be wasting a lot of money on utilities and risk the cost of replacing your unit when you least expect it. The experts at Cool Care Heating and Air can help you decide whether its time to consider replacing your unit. Call (803) 772-7715 to set up an appointment.