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5 Signs You Need a New Heating System

5 Signs You Need a New Heating System

During winter weather and the holiday season, a heating system that might break down at any minute is a recipe for disaster. If your system is old or not heating your home properly, it might be time for a replacement. Old and inefficient heating systems are expensive to run and likely to break down, often at the most inconvenient moment. What’s more, a poorly functioning heating system can be dangerous.

Read on to learn more about the five signs your heating system may need replacing.

1. Age

Even if you haven’t experienced heating system failure, you may need a new system if your heat pump is older than 10 years or your furnace is more than 15 years old1. As heating systems age, they become less efficient and more likely to break down. Regular services from a qualified technician can help maintain efficiency, but every heating system eventually reaches the end of its useful life. Additionally, a new heating system is likely to be more energy efficient and cheaper to run, which helps to recoup its purchase and installation costs.

2. Frequent Repairs

If your heating system has required repairs more than once in the previous two years, it could be time to begin planning for a new one. As well as being a nuisance and an inconvenience, frequent heating system failure is a sign that the system needs to be replaced. A new heating system could be financially cheaper in the long run after taking into account service calls, parts and energy bills. It’s more than likely that more break downs will occur as time goes on, resulting in chilly waits for a costly repair.

3. Noises

A heating system that’s working well shouldn’t make any intrusive noises. If yours is noticeably noisy, whether it’s hissing, popping, banging, rattling or making other odd sounds, something may be wrong.

Contact a reputable heating installation and repair company to get a professional to pinpoint the cause of the noise. In the case of a serious problem, a new heating system might be the best solution.

4. Poor Heating and Pooling Water

When a heating system isn’t efficient, water may pool around the chimney, flue pipe or vents. At the same time, excess water can appear around the system. Even if the water doesn’t pool, it can leave rust marks on vent pipes, flue pipes or pipe connections. Alternatively, you may notice moisture buildup on cold surfaces like walls or windows. Moisture buildup is a sign that the heating system may need to be replaced.

5. Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The most important time to install a new heating system is when the old one becomes dangerous. One of the potential effects of heating system failure is the release of poisonous carbon monoxide gas into the home.

Low level carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with cold or flu symptoms or general fatigue, including dizziness, nausea, headaches, weakness, shortness of breath and confusion. A yellowish or flickering flame in the furnace could indicate the gas isn’t burning completely, a sign the system may be releasing carbon monoxide.

If you suspect you or your family may be suffering the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, leave the house and call a professional contractor to check your heating system.

Reliable comfort and warmth are important in a home. Don’t let a faulty, inefficient heating system get in the way of your family’s enjoyment of winter and the holiday season. Contact 1st Choice Air Solutions for advice on heating system replacement if you suspect yours is failing.

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