Is It the End of the Line for Your Heating System?

Old HVAC unit

Some things are tough to part with. The car we used to teach our kids to drive. Our favorite piece of cookware. Our lucky t-shirt.

Then there’s our HVAC system. It’s not that we love it, exactly, but it’s a large and complex part of the home. Replacing it might seem impractical or even impossible.

But sometimes, you’re better off with a new heating system. How can you tell your heating system has reached the end of the line? Here are a few things to look for.

Old furnace

1. Your furnace is older than your kids

Heating systems are typically designed to last between 15 and 25 years. The longer your system lives, the more likely it is to break down.

In addition, if you have an older system, you’re working will less efficiency. Older units carry a fuel utilization rating of 56 to 70 percent, while newer systems tend to hit the 98 percent mark.

2. Turning up the heat has turned up your heating bill

Turning up thermostat

Have you noticed higher than normal heating bills the past few months? It might be because your heating system has lost some of its efficiency as it’s gotten older, forcing it to work much harder to keep you and your family warm.

3. You’re hearing new noises

Another way your heating system can signal it’s getting ready to go: by making weird noises. If you’ve begun to hear banging, squealing sounds, be warned. Some furnace noises are normal but hearing a bunch of new and sudden sounds can tell you you’ve got a problem.

4. Your system is making you sick

Man with stuffy nose due to older HVAC unit

Older HVAC systems can have trouble effectively distributing air through your home, leading to lesser air quality and a feeling of stuffiness.

If you’re seeing a lot of dust, or experiencing allergy flare-ups or dealing with dry skin, it may be time to think about a new furnace.

We should also note another important health issue related to older furnaces. As you system gets older, its heat exchanger can begin to crack, which can result in carbon monoxide leaks.

Obviously, this goes beyond basic HVAC repair into a potential health hazard. Carbon monoxide exposure can be fatal, but even in smaller doses it can lead to flu-like symptoms like headaches and nausea. If you or your loved ones begin showing these symptoms, get your furnace checked.

5. You’ve racked up an expensive repair bill

Furnace Repair

Just as we tend to see our doctors more often as we get older, an aging furnace is more likely to need frequent repairs.

All these repair bills can add up fairly quickly. In the end, the cost of a new system might be cheaper than paying HVAC repair bills each month.

If you’ve noticed any of the signs of HVAC aging we’ve described here and decided it’s time to replace your heating system, All Seasons Comfort Control can help.

Our expert HVAC repair technicians have spent years working with homeowners in the Bucks County area to make their homes more comfortable. Get in touch with us today, and be sure to read our tip sheet on mistakes to avoid when buying a new heating system.

Our expert HVAC repair technicians have spent years working with homeowners in the Bucks County area to make their homes more comfortable. Get in touch with us today, and be sure to read our tip sheet on mistakes to avoid when buying a new heating system.