An old heating unit can only do so much for you until it starts to wear out – just because it still works, doesn’t necessarily mean you should continue using it.
There are many signs that show you may need to replace your unit – whether it’s a brand new heating installation or a furnace replacement, the professionals at Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing are willing to help explain the process.
How Long Do Heating Units Typically Last?
The Department of Energy recommends homeowners to replace their HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. However, there may be some factors that can be different depending on how long it can last.
For example, for those who live in a colder climate, you are more likely to use the heater more, making their HVAC system’s lifespan shorter than those who live in a warmer climate.
There are many different hints that your HVAC unit will give before it fully goes out on you – here are some of the signs that show you may need to replace your heating unit:
Odd Smells and Sounds
If there’s an unusual smell that happens when you turn up the heater, it may be just the dust burning off after months of no use. However, if the smell still lingers after your heater has been used multiple times, you may need to turn it off and inspect it.
Your unit may be on its last leg if it continues making weird noises such as crackling, popping and grinding sounds – these are sure signs that you will need to invest in an HVAC replacement.
Your Energy Bill Is Increasing
If you’re noticing a rise in your energy bill costs with little to no change in your air intake, you may be in need of a new HVAC installation. Be sure to watch your energy bill if you’re suspicious your AC or heater may be getting old.
Repair Costs More Than The Cost Of Replacement
If you keep wasting money for repairs every time your AC goes out, especially knowing your current system is more than a decade old, then it’s time to have a new heating system installed. You will save money by purchasing a new HVAC system instead of continuing to repair your old one.
What Can You Do To Lengthen Their Lifespan?
In order to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC unit, you may need to do some of the following:
- Regularly change your furnace filter every 30-50 days. It’s important to make sure the system that you depend on to keep you comfortable runs as efficiently as possible.
- Make appointments with a heating maintenance professional twice a year for a heater tune-up.
- Inspect the unit and keep it clean – the unit should be free from dust, dirt and stains that can harm the furnace from running efficiently.
- Maintain the set temperature – CenterPoint Energy recommends keeping the set temperature to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the cold weather.
- Run your ceiling fans counterclockwise – having the ceiling fans go counterclockwise can help circulate the warm air in the area. This can also help the unit from working too much to heat up the area.
Contact Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing
Our team is not only committed to excellent quality, but also the highest level of customer service. If you’re experiencing one or more of the issues listed above, contact Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing for any of your heating maintenance needs!