Should I Repair Or Replace My Heater?

Did you know that home heating and cooling systems are typically the largest consumers of energy in an entire household? That may not come as much of a surprise especially if you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat in order to get comfortable. But what may surprise you is how much you could potentially save by upgrading from an old, outdated piece of equipment to a new and improved model.

Not quite sure if it’s time for a heating system upgrade? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve put together a list of five top signs to look out for that should make your decision a whole lot easier:

  • Your System Is Getting Old. Let’s face it — heating systems were not built to last forever, and that’s unfortunate, but it’s the cold, hard truth. Generally speaking, systems are built to last 10-15 years and then they become outdated. But being “outdated” isn’t the only reason it’s time to upgrade. Heating systems approaching 10-15 years of age are far less energy-efficient than some of the brand new models on the market today. So, if you’re tired of spending a fortune on energy bills and your system is “on the back nine” of it’s life, it’s a good idea to start shopping around.
  • You’re Hearing Strange Noises. Homes make all sorts of creepy noises from time to time, but if you’re noticing that a lot of the strange sounds you’re hearing are coming from the furnace, it may mean your heating system is approaching the end of its lifespan. Creaks, groans, screeches and moans are all sounds you might hear that could indicate there are some serious problems going on. And let’s not forget about banging and rattling — the more noise your system is making, the more likely it is that it’s time for an upgrade.
  • You’re Constantly Calling For Repairs. Find yourself calling in heating technicians to find and fix problems relatively often? Let’s not confuse this with routine maintenance, as maintenance is ALWAYS recommended. We’re talking more serious repairs — where your heating system just isn’t working like it’s supposed to. If this sounds like you, and it’s costing you a couple hundred dollars each month or each year to have a professional fix something, trust us when we tell you it’s worth spending some money on a new system. In theory, you’ll wind up saving money over the next couple of years if you don’t have to keep shelling out cash for repairs.
  • You Struggle To Find A Comfortable Setting. Does it seem like no matter what you do, your home still doesn’t feel comfortable? It may not be you or your family members that are the problem. It could actually be that your heating system is no longer doing its job. A furnace in proper working condition should be able to achieve a comfortable temperature, and hold that temperature consistently for hours on end and throughout the entirety of the home. There are lots of other things that cause struggles in life and your furnace just shouldn’t be one of them.
  • Your Home Has Humidity Problems. Malfunctioning heating equipment and damaged or leaky ductwork can cause major humidity problems inside your home. If you’re finding that the house feels extra dry during the winter months, or overly humid, it could lead to other related problems like warped wood floor boards or damaged furniture. It’s not worth the headache if you ask us, and a new heating system could be the solution to all of these problems. Still unsure about whether or not you should be investing in a new heating system? That’s where we come in! Our heating specialists can take a look and assess the state of your current equipment and let you know if it’s a good idea to keep what you have, or if it’s smarter to upgrade to a new system.

Universe Home Services offers outstanding gas heating installation throughout Nassau & Suffolk Counties! We are highly trained in the installation of all types of gas heating systems from all of the industry’s top brands. Our heating experts can help you choose the right solution for your home and get right to work installing it for you. Give us a call today at (516) 473-0202.


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