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Can My Heating System Be Repaired or Do I Need a New One?

The system responsible for heating your home is probably not the first thing on your mind right now. We get it – who wants to think about heat now?! Can’t we enjoy summer first?! Well, if your heating system is more than 15 years old, or you experienced issues with it last winter, this is the exact time you should be thinking about it.

Eventually, heating systems, or part of them, will need to be repaired or replaced. The summertime is the perfect time to be researching and planning for your new system for a number of reasons. Heating technicians are not in the middle of their busy season so are more available to consult with you. Equipment and parts are readily available so any new equipment or repair parts will be accessible (and possibly cheaper).

A new system offers many benefits:

  • Substantially better energy efficiency for big energy cost savings.
  • Reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Safety from risk of fire, carbon monoxide leaks, electrical issues.
  • Lower or no repair costs for a few years at least.
  • Smaller, more compact new units take up less room.
  • Benefits of product warranties
  • Less noisy.
  • Better air flow and air quality in your home.

How long do heating systems last?

How long your heating system will last depends on many different factors. The type of system you have, what level of quality (how good is the manufacturer) the heating unit and parts are, and how well maintained it’s been kept are all significant considerations. Generally, however, you can expect a heating system to last around 15 years. Forced-hot water boilers tend to last longer than their forced-air counterpart, Furnaces. Once a system is over this age, it’s time to start planning for your replacement system.

While a new system is a large investment in your home,
there are a lot of good reasons to replace that old boiler or furnace.

Heating Repair

How do you know if you should fix or repair your current system?

Consider the Age of Your Unit

If your system is within five years of the estimated lifespan, it’s usually a better use of money to replace it. Once something begins to reach the end of its lifespan, things will start to break more often, which is costly. There are also risk factors to consider when dealing with older systems such as fire and air quality. If your system in on the brink and goes out in the middle of winter you risk a lot. Not only will you be very uncomfortable in a home without heat, but you risk freezing water pipes. That could cost you a lot more than what a new system would!

Consider the Cost to Repair

If you have an older system that needs repair, but the repair is minor ($100-$150) than it’s probably worth doing. Unless this repair represents one of many that you have had to do in recent years.

When determining whether to repair or replace a heating unit, cost is an essential factor. You should replace something if the repair costs have been mounting the last few years and you are faced with another expensive mend.

When you are up in the thousands, it is a better use of funds to
replace your system for an efficient, warrantied new one.

The Value in Working with a Heating Professional

Every homeowner knows the value in having the right professionals at your disposal. Once you establish a relationship with a heating technician, you will receive better service. If possible, work with the same company consistently. This way the company knows your heating system well, the repair history, and will be better able to diagnose issues and counsel you on the timing and choices for a replacement system.

One of the best things you can do is work with a professional HVAC technician. If possible, work with the same company consistently. This way, the company knows your unit’s history and will be better able to diagnose issues.

At 207 Plumbing & Heating, we are here to fix your current heating system or advise you on a replacement heating system. Call us to schedule an appointment now for fast service!