Whether you can get through another heating season with your current heater depends on why you’re wondering about it in the first place. Your heater might be an old system that has already met or exceeded its manufacturer’s expected service life. It may have started to perform inefficiently, leading to an increase in heating bills or rooms that no longer receive enough warmth. Or perhaps your heater has required more and more repairs to keep running. Is it time for a replacement?
Modern heating systems are built for durability, but no manufacturer has yet created a perfect, immortal heater. At some point, you will need a replacement. The question you face is, “Has that point arrived?”
Let’s look at some of the possibilities to see if your heater will get through another season (and a few more after that), or if you need to contact Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning to discuss replacement possibilities or other heating services in Seattle, WA.
- System age: Although heaters can exceed their expected lifetime with proper maintenance, you should still provide them with a professional inspection when they reach an advanced age. The U.S. Department of Energy advises an inspection when your heater is 15 years old (10 years for heat pumps) to see if it still work efficiently.
- Repair needs: The more repairs your heater requires during a year, the more likely it will break down completely during a time when you need it the most. If you weigh your repair costs against the price of a new installation, the best route might be immediately obvious.
- Higher bills/poor performance: If your heater simply seems unable to keep up the way it used to, and also costs more to run, you should take the safe route before the winter season and have it replaced. The extra cost combined with weaker heating is not worth dealing with for a whole season—and a break down is probably imminent.
Schedule an appointment with a professional heating service technicians in Seattle, WA to provide your heater with a full check-up. This will give you a better answer to your questions about whether the heater will make it through the coming winter. Professionals will also offer suggestions on what type of heater will work best as a replacement.
Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning has the years of experience to determine if you need new heating installation in Seattle or simply an effective repair. Call us before the winter arrives so you and your heater are prepared.