Your home’s heating unit is one of the most vital components in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, over time, your system may begin to work less efficiently, resulting in reduced comfort. So how do you know when it is time to consider an upgrade to your heating unit? The signs below are a good indication.
Higher Than Normal Energy Bills
One of the telltale signs of an inefficient heating system is higher than normal energy usage. If you notice that your utility bills are higher than they were the previous year and there has been no significant change in the weather pattern, odds are it is no longer running as efficiently as it should. While regular maintenance can help improve efficiency, if your energy bills stay high, it might be time to consider a newer, more efficient model.
While some noise is normal when your heating system starts up or is running, noises that are out of the ordinary may be a sign that there is something wrong with the system. Screeching and squealing can indicate a minor problem with a belt or a loose bearing, or a major problem such as a failing blower motor, especially if accompanied by a humming noise. Other noises such as clanging, popping, or rattling can be signs of needed repairs that may add up to a significant repair cost.
Maintenance every year and a visit every once in a while can be normal, but you should not constantly have to have your heating system repaired. Constant breakdowns or repair issues can be a sign that the parts of your system are becoming worn and affecting the other components. If you have been calling for repairs at least a few times a year, it may be more economical to consider an upgrade.
An Older Unit
Older units are significantly more efficient than newer ones, and if your system is more than 15 years old, it has probably surpassed its ideal efficiency. After 15 years, you can also expect more parts to become damaged and worn, leading to more frequent and costly repairs.
If you live in or around the Paducah or Metropolis areas and have noticed any of the signs above, investing in a newer model will likely be your best course of action. Contact us at Reed Electric, Heating, and Air today to find out which new heating unit will work best for the comfort of your home.