With some pretty cold days and even chillier nights still ahead in Worland, WY, hopefully your heating system hasn’t had any real big issues this winter. However, when problems do come up, you want to be ensured they’ll be resolved quickly. No matter what type of heating system you have, there will come a time where repairs simply aren’t enough anymore, and you’ll need to replace your heater. We’ve shared some signs below that indicate it may be time for a new heater.
Your System is Making Strange Noises
Have you noticed noises such as rattling, banging, or hissing coming from your heater? Aging heating systems tend to make strange noises as they near the end of their life, so this is not something to ignore. While it could simply be that something is loose, it could also be a sign of something serious that can no longer be fixed with a quick repair.
Your Heater is 15 Years Old or Older
According to ConsumerReports.org, the average life expectance of a gas furnace is 18 years, and a heat pump is generally 10 years. Lifecycles will vary based on the type of system you have, as well as the make and model. However no matter whatever system you have, typically even well-maintained heaters start to degrade by 15 years of age.
Your Utility Bills Have Increased
Assuming your system is well-maintained and you haven’t been using it excessively, there’s no reason your utility bills should suddenly increase. That is, unless your heater isn’t functioning properly. If you do notice an increase in cost, your heating system may be failing. If it’s aging, you’re likely better off putting your money toward the purchase of a new system rather than paying extra month-to-month.