You know that something is up with your heating system. The question is, what exactly is wrong and how should you handle it? You have two main options in this situation: schedule a heater repair or a heating system replacement. These are obviously pretty different solutions to heating troubles so it is important to figure out which one is the one you need.
We can help. We’ve provided a guide here to help you determine whether you need repairs or a replacement so you know what you are calling us for. We are here when you need us.
Determining Whether You Need Repairs or a Replacement
You don’t want to sink money into fixing a heater that need to be replaced. Likewise, you don’t want to replace a heater that can still get by for a few more years with a reasonable repair service. How do you tell which one you need?
Be on the lookout for indicators like the ones we’ve listed below to help you figure out which service to schedule.
- How old is your system? Your heating system is built to last a long time but not forever. There will come a time when yours is going to be ready to be retired. If your heater is under 10 years old, chances are you can get by with a repair. On the other hand, a heater that is over 10-years-old or has gotten close to the 15-year mark is one that will need to be replaced sooner than later.
- What is the estimated cost of the repair? How much was the bill for your last heater repair? If you could guesstimate it in the low hundreds, your heater is probably in good shape and may just need another repair to keep running right. If this question made you flinch because the bill was so high and you still get nightmares, it is definitely time to plan for a replacement. Repairs that are upwards of $400 are just not worth it.
- How much maintenance has the system had? Maintenance should be a yearly appointment if only to make sure you are getting the best results possible from your heater. If those tune-ups have been on the lax side, say every few years or even never having been done, you may be in need of a replacement. While regular maintenance can maximize the lifespan of your system, a lack of it can actually have the opposite effect.
- How often do you need repairs? Make sure you take into account how often you see us. We do enjoy seeing our long-time customers but if you are seeing us more than once a year for repairs, we need to talk because your heater needs to be replaced.
“Summary of Results”
Taking stock of where your heater is at is important because it can help you determine what the right service is to contact us for. If you have a heater that has reached its maximum lifespan, needs frequent and expensive repairs, or hasn’t gotten maintenance in a while, we’re glad to discuss a replacement with you. On the other hand, heaters that only have a few years on them, have gotten tune-ups regularly, and aren’t in need of repairs all that often are likely to be salvageable with a repair service when they act up.