Signs You Need to Replace Your Heating System
It isn’t always easy to tell when your heater needs repairs or complete replacement. While many heating system issues can be successfully repaired, it may not always be the most cost-effective option. If your heater is older than 15 to 20 years old, or if it’s simply not keeping up with your family’s comfort preferences, it may save you money in the long run to invest in a newer, more energy-efficient model.
It may be time to consider heater replacement if you’ve noticed any of the following:
- Uneven Heating: If some areas of your home are consistently warmer or cooler than others, this could be a sign that your heater isn't functioning properly and needs to be replaced.
- High Energy Bills: If you notice that your monthly energy bills have increased significantly, this may be due to an inefficient heater. Upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model could save you tons of money on utility bills in the long run.
- Strange Noises: Heaters can make strange noises when they age and deteriorate, so if you start hearing loud banging or rattling coming from your heater, it may be time for a replacement.
- Unpleasant Odors: Foul odors coming from your heater may indicate that dust and debris have built up inside. Regular tune-ups can help address this issue, but if the heater is older or has been poorly maintained, you may benefit more from complete system replacement.
- Lack of Hot Air: If there is no hot air blowing from the vents, it could signal a serious issue with your heater, such as a broken fan motor. It could also indicate low fuel or another problem. Sometimes, lack of hot air might mean it’s time to consider heater replacement.
- Visible Signs of Damage: If you notice any visible signs of damage, such as rust or cracks, it’s likely time to replace your heater. Ignoring visible damage could lead to worse problems down the road, so we recommend that you contact our team right away.
- Loss of Efficiency: Over the years, heaters can start to lose their efficiency due to routine wear and tear. If your heater is taking longer to cycle or doesn't seem to be providing as much heat, it may be time for a replacement.
- Age: If your heater is more than 15 – 20 years old, it’s probably not as energy-efficient as it could be. It’s also more likely to experience major issues, including complete breakdowns. You may want to consider replacing your old heater before it leaves you out in the cold.
- Safety Issues: If you notice a gas or oil leak coming from your heater, it is time for an immediate replacement for the safety of your family and home. Contact us right away to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.
- Increase in Allergy or Asthma Symptoms: If you find that you are experiencing more allergy or asthma symptoms while inside your home, this could be caused by dust, mold, and other particles that are being circulated by your old heater. Poor indoor air quality might mean it’s time to upgrade your heating system.
It is important to keep an eye out for signs of a failing heater so that you don't have to worry about costly repairs or dangerous situations in the future. If you notice any of these issues with your heater, be sure to contact a professional to determine if you need a replacement. By replacing your old heater with a newer, more efficient model, you can reduce your energy bills and stay comfortable throughout the year. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy safe and reliable heating for years to come.
If it turns out that you do need to replace your heater, look for an Energy Star-certified model to save money and energy. Investing in a new heater can help you reduce your monthly utility bills and provide a more comfortable living space for you and your family. With the right heating system, you can enjoy reliable heating throughout the year without worrying about costly repairs or breakdowns.
Finding the right heating system for your home involves looking at several important factors. A professional from Valley Heating & Cooling can help you evaluate these factors to determine the right type of heating system for your home.
Some things you’ll want to consider when looking for a new heater include:
- The size of your home
- Your comfort preferences
- Whether you’d like to customize your heating/cooling
- Your budget and upfront installation costs
- How much you’d like to spend on utilities moving forward
- Available fuel sources (gas, electric, etc.) in your area
- Your energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness preferences
- Whether you want to also install a programmable or smart thermostat
- Available rebates and incentives
- Warranties on both parts and labor
Our team can help you select the right type of heater based on these and other important factors. We install top-of-the-line products from industry-leading brands and are equipped to work on all major makes and models. We are happy to answer your questions and work with you to find an optimal solution for you and your family.
The Installation Process: What to Expect
While every situation is different, we follow a standardized process when it comes to installing and replacing heaters.
To help you know what to expect, we’ve outlined this process below:
- Evaluation and Estimate: First, we will evaluate your space to determine what type of heating system is best for you, as well as how big it should be. We’ll consider various factors when making our recommendations. Then, we’ll provide you with a free, upfront estimate before we begin any work.
- Preparing the Site: Next, we’ll prepare the site for your new heater by inspecting your existing ductwork and vents (if applicable), clearing the area of airflow obstacles (such as appliances), and ensuring access to electrical outlets and/or gas lines. We’ll also lay down drop cloths and take precautions to protect your home.
- Installation: Then, we’ll begin the actual installation of your new heater. This may include anything from positioning the new heating system to ensuring proper electrical connections, installing gas lines, emptying the drain line, and more.
- Testing the New System: Once we’ve completed the installation, we’ll run tests to make sure that everything is working properly and that all connections are correctly set. We’ll listen for any unusual noises, check the various components, and ensure that your new heating system is operating at optimal performance.
We understand that many of our customers want to know how much it costs to install a new heater, but the answer varies depending on the type of heating system you choose, the complexity of the installation, and other factors. That being said, you can usually expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 to $10,000 for new heater installation in Alabama (according to 2022 data).
At Valley Heating & Cooling, we’ll work with you to find a solution that fits your budgetary and comfort needs. We are proud to have been the area’s trusted HVAC provider since 1978, offering top-quality heating services at fair, affordable prices. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
Call Our Tennessee Valley Heater Installation Experts Today
If you’re ready to install your new heating system, or if you simply have questions about the process, feel free to reach out to Valley Heating & Cooling and speak with a member of our team. We can provide the detailed information you need to make the best possible decision for your home. We are proud Lennox Premier Dealers and offer numerous incentives to make the process easier than ever—give us a call today to learn more about our Tennessee Valley heater installation services!