The temperatures here in North Carolina are relatively moderate, but that doesn’t mean you don’t rely on your heating system in the winter to keep your home warm and comfortable. If you’re worried about your heater’s performance, here are some signs that indicate replacing it could be on the horizon:
1. Elevated utility bills—As they age, heaters star to lose their efficiency. If you’ve noticed it’s started to cost more to provide the same amount of heat in your home, replacing your heater is something you should think about.
2. Age—Most heating systems today last about 15 years. Is your furnace older than this? If so, your home could probably benefit from a new unit.
3. Fluctuating temperatures—Is it freezing in one room of your home but too warm in another? Although this is typically a sign of an improperly designed duct system, this could be a potential sign that indicates your heating system may not be properly circulating warm air throughout your home.
4. Constant repairs—Just like vehicles, heaters need more and more repair work as they get older. A heater will break down the most in the last two years of its life, so if you feel like you’ve constantly repaired your heater over the past few years, replacement is probably a good idea.
5. Strange noises—From banging and popping to rattling and squealing, heaters make some strange noises as they near the end of their useful life. Pay attention to abnormal noises coming from your heating system to determine if replacement should be on your agenda.
6. A dry and dusty home—Older heaters lose the ability to moisturize and clean the air in the space they heat. Cracking furniture, dust accumulation, drooping plants, and unusual allergy symptoms all point to a heater that’s nearing the end of its lifespan.