It's a question that's on the back of so many minds as we turn on our heating systems this year – is it time for a new installation, or will the current unit make it through another winter? If you want to make sure that you create a cozy atmosphere when the snow comes whether you're relaxed with a good book and a mug of something warm or you have a house full of people, then pay attention to your heating system (because no one wants their comfort disrupted!). Here are a few signs that will alert you it's time for a professional to diagnose your heating system.
Look at repair and bill history
You can learn a lot about the state of your heating system by reviewing the past performances based on repairs and bills. If you had to make a fairly consistent amount of calls to bring out a technician last year and even the year before, there is a good chance there will only be more this year. Also, if your energy bill has been on the rise over the last few winters, your heater may not be functioning as it was designed to and a new installation will be the most economical and time-saving solution.
Know the age of your heating system
Once your heater turns ten years old, you should focus your attention on maintenance and care because most systems last around fifteen years, some more and some less. The actual age a unit continues to work in prime condition varies based on quality and consistency of routine maintenance, brand, previous installation, and other elements, but after ten years, you should start noting when it works as it should, and when it doesn't.
Pay attention to dust levels in your home
If you've noticed that excessive dryness and dust in your home is worse in the winter months, then it could be an old system that just isn't able to keep the air clean anymore. In some cases, you may just need to perform maintenance more often like changing filters, as well as getting small repairs checked off the list. However, other times, it's an old heating system that needs to be replaced with a newer unit.
Visually inspect and listen to your heater
When you turn your heating system on, be sure you physically inspect it to make sure that air is blowing out in a normal fashion, and your thermostat is reading the correct temperature. You should also listen to your unit for strange noises from the inside and the outside of your home. If you hear strange clicking, popping, or squealing sounds, then call in the pros because you might have a repair on your hands, or it may be time for a new install.
Let the experts at SSI diagnose your heating system this winter so that you know whether you need routine maintenance, a repair, or a new installation. We're here for you during every season so that you don't miss a beat in your day, and all you have to do is call us at(703) 991-0909!