Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

How to Tell if Your Heating System Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced January 25, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids, Wood
How to Tell if Your Heating System Needs to Be Repaired or Replaced, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

During the winter, there are few other appliances more important than your heating system. It keeps your home comfortably warm, helps prevent frozen pipes, and maintains quality indoor air control. However, over time, all of your unit’s hard work will result in some wear and tear. Learning when these issues can be repaired and when the system should be fully replaced will ensure there is always an efficient working heater in your home. 

Repair

Weird Sounds

Heating systems in good shape will make relatively few noises. Clanging, humming, buzzing, and rattling are often signs that a part is broken and hitting other pieces. Calling an HVAC contractor when you first notice these sounds will usually catch the problems before they can do any real harm. 

Excessive Running

heatingFor many homes, the heater is only used for half the year. This gives it plenty of time to build up a layer of dust and dirt. Forgoing maintenance before turning the system on for the season will leave the debris in place and make it more difficult for it to work correctly. Most likely, it will struggle to warm the property and will stay on for longer periods of time. Scheduling repairs when you first notice these issues will hopefully prevent any costly damage.

Replace

Increasing Utility Bills & Age

An aging heater is going to become less effective. Depending on your chosen setup, you can expect a heating device to last between 10 and 20 years. Once they reach this age range, most systems have to work much harder to produce the same amount of air they did in their early years. This requires more energy and a spike in your monthly power bills.   

Frequent or Costly Repairs

HVAC professionals recommend scheduling a heater inspection once a year to prepare the system for the heavy winter workload and catch minor problems before they become major ones. However, if you find yourself calling a technician for repairs several times during the season, it’s a sign that the heater is failing.  

Similarly, if an expensive part breaks, compare the price of repairing the component to replacing the entire unit. If the repair bill would equal at least half of a new system, it’s often better to go ahead and replace it. 

 

When you need help figuring out if repairing or replacing your heater would be the best call, contact the experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. They’ve provided plumbing services to the Wood County region for over 85 years and have recently expanded their specialties to cover residential heating and cooling. Call them today at (715) 421-1800 to schedule emergency assistance. Visit their website to learn more about their services. 

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Steve's Plumbing & Heating
How to Save on Your Heating Bills, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
With the low temperatures that winter brings, homeowners are more reliant on their heating systems this time of year. A functional furnace keeps your house warm and co...read more
FAQ About Plumbing, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Though homeowners rely on drains and pipes on a daily basis, many know little about leaks, clogs, and maintenance. However, you don’t have to be a plumber to be knowledgeable about y...read more
How to Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
A standard HVAC system should remain operational for 12 to 18 years. Over the course of its lifetime, though, it will require periodic maintenance. Occasional repairs will ...read more
How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Wisconsin winter can be brutally cold, so to stay warm, it’s important to keep your furnace in good condition. Like other equipment, it can break down without warning if yo...read more
4 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Furnace, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Your home’s furnace is crucial to keeping you comfortable during the cold winter months, and you want to avoid replacing the entire system, as this is a costly home improvement proje...read more