Signs Residential Units Need To Be Replaced, Not Repaired

Residential Heating Units are one of a home’s most important appliances. During the cold fall and winter months, you rely on your heating system to keep your family warm. When there is a problem with your heating unit, the first thing that you do is contact someone to repair the unit. While this is a good idea, there are some cases where you are better off replacing your unit, rather than repair it.

The Unit’s Age
On average, the life span of a heating unit is between 16 and 20 years old. If your heating unit is that old, it may be a good idea to replace the unit, rather than repair it. A repair may be a temporary fix, however, it will eventually stop working, and be deemed irreparable. If you are unsure as to how old your unit is, check if it has a pilot light. If so, it is likely at least 25 years old.

Energy Costs
If you have noticed that your energy costs are rising, and you have not changed your heating habits, chances are it is time for a new unit. The older units are only 60 percent efficient, while new ones are 96 percent efficient. In one year, the savings on your energy bill will pay for your heating unit.

Frequent Repairs
If you find that you are making frequent repairs to your heating unit, chances are you would need to replace it. The more often your unit requires repair, the more money it will cost. After each repair, you are closer to the unit being deemed irreparable.

Temperature Problems
If you find that you are constantly adjusting your thermostat to keep it warm in your home, you should consider having a new unit installed. When you cannot keep a constant temperature, it often means that the heater can no longer disperse the air throughout your entire home.

Dry and Dusty Home
If you notice that your home is dustier than usual, or if family members are complaining about dry skin, nose or throat, your heating unit could be responsible. Older units suck the moisture from the air. This can also cause excess static in the home, cracked furniture, and your houseplants can suffer. A new heating unit will keep more moisture in the home.

If you have an old unit, and are looking into new residential heating units, Poudre Valley Air can help.

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