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When Is It Time for a New Heater?

Even in Texas, when the temperature starts to dip, we head inside to warm up and get cozy, and thanks to our heaters, we can do so easily! When the time comes to turn it on, you may do so and begin to realize that your heater is not working as well as it used to.

We’d love to tell you that your heater will last forever, but that just isn’t the case. There comes a time in every heater’s life where it is no longer working efficiently and is costing you more money than ever to keep going.

We’re here to point out the signs of an aging heater in need of replacement so you can stay warm without breaking the bank this season.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Heating System

Old Age

The first indicator of a heater in need of replacement is its age. It’s simple: if your heater is old enough to drive, or even buy a beer, it’s too old to be living at your home any longer! The average unit lasts between 15-20 years. So, if you’ve lived in your home for over that amount of time and don’t remember having replaced your heater, it’s probably due for retirement.

Inconsistent Temperatures

hand checking airflow from heaterWhen you’re spending more and more time adjusting the thermostat in an effort to get your home at a more comfortable temperature, there’s likely a deeper problem within your heater. Inconsistent heating from room to room is a common sign of an aging, problematic unit.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when your heater kicks on and off for a short period of time, not allowing the home to reach its desired temperature. This is likely because the system becomes overheated and is forced to shut off. Short cycling is a sign that something big is wrong with your system, and you can expect higher than usual utility bills as it will take more energy than ever to reach comfortable temperatures in the home.

Loud Noises

Over time, you may have grown accustomed to the loud noises your old heater makes as it heats up your home. Ignoring these sounds, however, could be causing more damage and racking up the price of repairs. Sounds that should cause alarm include:

  • Rattling
  • Humming
  • Popping
  • Screeching

Don’t put up with the headache of heater noises any longer and go for a replacement.

Frequent and Expensive Repairs

With all of the above reasons for replacement being things you could call a technician to repair, you may be wondering why we’re suggesting a full-on replacement of your heater. Certainly, if these repairs are a one-time occurrence and your unit is only a couple of years old, you may not need to replace it.

However, as soon as your heater is in need of frequent repairs and said repairs are becoming more and more expensive, it’s time to consider a replacement. A general rule of thumb is that if the repair is going to cost 50% or more or the cost of a brand new heater, go for the brand new heater!

Your new heater will be more efficient, will heat the home more evenly, and will last longer than the old unit would have.

Need a New Heater in San Antonio?

Keeping your house comfortable during the colder months is important, and Zimmermann Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help! When your heating system is on the fritz and ready to retire, give our team a call. We can help you discover which system is best for your home, provide complete heating system installation, and give you tips on how to make your new system last for a long time.