Winters are short here in Florida, and ours has already come to an end. With reduced need for your heating system, now is the ideal time to give it a good, long look and determine whether or not you need a new heater. Not only are you best equipped to assess the state of your heater now, after several months or regular use, but you have all summer to plan a replacement if one is required.
It can be extremely difficult to determine the exact point when a heater should be replaced, especially if it has been well maintained. Because we don’t experience long winters, our heating systems can actually last longer than they might in, say, Boston or Detroit. That said, there are still some telltale signs that your heater is ready to be replaced. If you’re considering whether or not you need a new system, here are some important factors to keep in mind.
If Your Warranty Is Still in Effect, You Should Stick with Your Existing System
The state of the warranty is perhaps the biggest factor in determining whether or not you should replace your heater. The warranty covers the cost of any original components for the system, which means you’ll only pay for the cost of labor and perhaps a few ancillary components like bolts or filters. In almost every case, that makes repairing a problem with your furnace a better option than replacing it.
Even if the warranty has expired, you should still opt for repairs instead of a replacement. Only when the costs of running a system with an expired warranty are too large for your comfort should you look into scheduling a replacement.
How Expensive Is Too Expensive?
If your warranty has expired, and you’re looking at expensive repairs in the off-season, you are probably better off getting the heating system replaced. This usually means a single repair session that costs more than you feel the system is worth. It can also mean multiple smaller repairs that have begun to pile up. As a general rule, if you have needed heater repairs more than twice in the last twelve months, it might be time to think about replacing the heater.
But there doesn’t need to be a specific breakdown for the costs to be too high to continue using your old heating system. Wear and tear take their toll, which can reduce the efficiency of the unit and force it to use more energy to do its job. That can cost heating bills to climb far higher then they should. Regular maintenance can curtail that slow cost creep, which is why we recommend regular maintenance service every spring, but sooner or later, every system ends up costing more than it’s worth. If you’re cringing at the thought of your heating bills next winter, it might be time to plan for a new system.
For top-notch heating replacement services in Naples, FL, call on the trained professionals at Bruno Total Home Performance today to set up an appointment!