If you are like most homeowners, you aren’t sure if it is best for you to repair or replace your existing heating system. Many homeowners are so concerned about heating system replacement cost that they don’t think about the financial benefits involved. Most heaters have a lifespan of up to 20 years, according to the DOE. If your heating system is 20 years old or close to it, you should seriously consider replacing it. Yes, it is going to be expensive, however, the benefits of replacing the system will certainly outweigh the cost.
The main benefits of replacing your outdated heating system include…
- Reduced heating bills
- A home that is warmer and more comfortable during the cold winter months
- The prevention of a costly and inconvenient breakdown in the middle of the winter.
Point Bay Fuel offers trusted and knowledgeable heating system replacements in Toms River NJ and surrounding areas. If you are like most homeowners, you may not even realize that your heating system needs to be replaced. Many people don’t realize it until their current heating system breaks down completely during the coldest time of the year. Fortunately, you can keep this from happening by being able to recognize the signs ahead of time. In this article, we will discuss the heater replacement signs that you should look for.
If your system is breaking down frequently…
it is a sure sign that you should consider replacing it. This is especially true if the repairs are going to cost half of what a new system would cost. It is worth the heater upgrade. If your current system needs to be repaired and you don’t think that you are ready for a replacement, you should make sure that you hire a reputable HVAC company to handle the repairs. If your system has reached the end of its lifespan, the HVAC tech would see that during the repair and discuss your options with you. Over time, frequent repairs can cost the same amount of money that a new system would cost. Replacing the heating system can save you money in the long run.
High Heating Bills
If you have asked yourself “How efficient is a 20 year old furnace?”, then it is important for you to know that the older a heating system is, the less efficient it will be. According to the Department of Energy, when a heater is close to 20 years old, it works at 78 percent efficiency. This means that its AFUE rating drops to 78%. If the unit is not maintained regularly, it is even less efficient.
The Department of Energy uses a system called energy utilization efficiency (AFUE) to determine how much fuel you are wasting on an outdated heater. If a tech tests your system and they find that it has an 80 percent AFUE, it means that 80 percent of the fuel is being used and 20 percent is being wasted. Consequently, this 20 percent can add up to a great deal of money over time, causing your bills to rise. Therefore, if your system is not efficient, you should consider replacing it with a heating system with an AFUE of 93 to 97 percent.
Old Heating Systems
As mentioned above, the average lifespan for a heating system is between 15 and 20 years. If you have baseboards for hot water radiators, the baseboards will last between 13 and 21 years. When your system is reaching its maximum life expectancy, you should strongly consider a replacement. If you recently bought your home and you aren’t sure how old it is, there are two ways that you can tell.
- Check the unit. Many techs will write the date on the until when they install it. This will let you know how old the heating system is.
- Check the unit for its model number and serial number. Next, contact the manufacturer. You can ask them the manufacturer date. This will let you know how long the system has been in use.
Yellow Burner Flame
An efficient, properly working gas furnace will create a burner flame that is blue with a bit of yellow in the center or at the base. If your burner flame is mostly yellow, it means that your system is emitting high levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, deadly gas. Therefore, if your furnace is releasing carbon monoxide, you and everyone in your home are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because carbon monoxide is so dangerous, you should contact a professional HVAC technician as soon as you realize that the flame is burning yellow. Here are a few other signs that you should look for:
- Corrosion in the pipes
- Water leaking around the furnace
- More condensation on cold places
- Soot streaks on and around the unit
The best way to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a carbon monoxide detector in the home. Make sure that you install a detector within 10 feet of every bedroom in the house. Also, remember to change the batteries as needed.
When you schedule annual furnace maintenance with an HVAC tech, you can have peace of mind that your heating system is safe and efficient.
Constantly Fluctuating Temperatures
If you need to turn your thermostat up often to keep your house warm, your heating system could be failing. This is especially true if your heating system is at its maximum life expectancy.
However, if your heating system is relatively new, the problem could lie with the thermostat. You would need to contact an HVAC specialist to find out if the heater or the thermostat is the problem. Unless you are a trained HVAC contractor, sometimes, it is hard to decipher whether or not your thermostat is malfunctioning. However, this is certainly one of the many signs that indicates when you need a heater replacement.
Heating System Replacement Toms River NJ
Point Bay Fuel offers professional HVAC services throughout the Jersey Shore area. Our NATE certified contractors will be able to let you know if it is time to replace your unit.
We will always provide you with all of your options…
so that you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. Be sure to call us today to schedule an appointment.
Some of the areas we service include: Beachwood, Brick, Ocean Gate, Toms River and these zip codes: 08722, 08723, 08740, 08753 as well as all surrounding areas in Jersey Shore.
Point Bay Fuel is an authorized dealer for American Standard HVAC systems. Although we service and have extensive experience with all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment, American Standard has provided us with this designation due to our high standard of customer service and the skilled services that we provide our customers with. By working with us, you will receive professional, friendly, and affordable services. American Standard systems are known throughout the industry as being reliable and energy efficient. To learn more about American Standard systems, click the buttons below.