How often do you think about your heating system? Typically, it isn’t something most people think much about until it breaks down. Your heating system is one of the most significant investments you’ll make for your home, so it is essential to maintain it properly. However, even with the best care, your heating system will not last forever, or it may have reached the end of its lifespan. If you think your heating system is beginning to show its age, consider the following common signs listed.
High Energy Bills
Have your energy bills recently increased a significant amount? While it’s normal for energy bills to go up during colder months, the increase should not be shocking. If your energy bills are more expensive than in previous years during the same time, there is likely an issue with your heating system. Generally, inefficient and worn-out parts use more energy to do their job. As those parts continue to age and degrade, you will see your bills climb higher. To prevent this, see if an expert can replace the worn parts or, if necessary, install a new unit.
Hot and Cold Spots
If you find some areas in your home are cold or too warm, this typically stems from improper airflow. The could due to various reasons, from something small like ductwork repair to a more significant issue like your heating system has reached the end of its lifespan. Contacting a professional to determine the exact cause and prevent further problems creating significant inefficiency and increased costs is essential.
If you are experiencing frequent heating system repairs – within two years, then it may be time to consider replacing it. While it could seem like the occasional patchwork repair will save you money, your system may not be running at top efficiency and draining your funds.
Noises and Smells
A heating system’s regular operation will make subtle noises. However, if you are experiencing loud noises like rattling, clanking, or screeching, your system may have a loose or disconnected part that needs repair. In addition, if you detect any foul odor coming from your heating system,
be sure to call a professional for a proper inspection.
Like most equipment, your heating system may have issues from time to time that require repair. But when the system becomes old, worn, and unmanageable, replacing it may be a good idea. If you want to learn more about the signs showing a replacement is needed, contact Orion Plumbing & Heating today!