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Should You Have a New Heating System Installed Before Winter?


If you’re asking yourself a question like this, it means you have doubts about your current home heating system. You wonder if it will get through the winter, or if it will work as well as your family needs it to. Perhaps you think the system costs too much to run now, and that making a switch to a new high-efficiency heating system is a smart idea. 

We’ve handled many a heating installation in Covington, GA during our time in business. We’ve served South Metro Atlanta since 2001, and we know a great deal about the different heating systems and how to match a home with the right one. We also know when a heating system has run its course and it’s ready for a replacement. In this post, we’ll share some of our knowledge about when to replace a central heater. But if you want the best advice, simply call us. We’ll not only help you make the choice, we’ll do the exact work you need.

The heating system’s age

One of the best reasons to replace a heater is excessive age. The service life expectancies for heating systems depend on the type:

  • Gas furnace: 15 years
  • Electric furnace: 20 years
  • Heat pump & ductless: 10–15 years

Although a heater can exceed its estimate, we don’t recommend you try to push your heater too far past it, as it increases the chance of the other problems listed below and may even lead to the heater developing safety hazards.

Operating costs

Even with the best regular maintenance, a heater will wear down over time. This wear and tear will cause the system to lose energy efficiency and start to raise the cost to run it. If you notice that your heating bills are steadily rising even though you aren’t using the heater more often than usual, it’s a warning that the heater is in the last year of its service life.

Uneven heating

One of the major signs that a heater is losing its capacity is when it starts to heat the house unevenly. The center of the house may still get enough warmth, but other rooms will develop cold spots. Repairs may be able to fix this, but if the heater is already old, it’s probably more cost-effective to have it replaced. 

Too many repairs

You shouldn’t need to schedule repairs for your heating system every year just to keep it running. That’s turning into a money sink—money that should go toward getting a replacement. In general, you shouldn’t pay for any repair that’s more than half the cost of getting a new heater. You can also use this rule of thumb: multiply the cost of a repair by the heater’s age in years, and if the result is more than 5,000, it’s time for a new heater.

Our team is happy to help analyze your heating system and give you an opinion about whether it’s worth continuing with repairs or installing a new heating system. We’ll always be honest with you: your comfort is our priority.

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