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Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Heating System

It may not get super cold here in the south, but we still need a heater for the colder days. And not just any heater, but a reliable one. You want to know with certainty that your heater will work when the unpredictable cold days do roll around. 

A reliable heater isn’t just about your comfort, either. It’s also about protecting your home from freezing pipes if the temperatures drop too much. If your heater is older and you want to begin researching heater replacement in Saginaw, TX, our team can help. Initial consultations are free and we can talk to you about your options, in addition to expanding on the reasons below that it may be time to replace your heater. 

Heater Age

When you invest in a heater, you can expect it to last for 15 to 20 years before needing a replacement. If your current heater is 15 years or older, it’s time to begin planning for a new heater installation. Even if you don’t have to invest in a replacement for several more years, you will be better prepared when the time does come. 

If you bought your home and aren’t sure how old your heater is, check the owner’s manual or do an online search for the model number to determine how old the unit is. If you’ve never invested in heating maintenance, you can schedule an appointment with our team. We can let you know of any potential problems and give you an idea of how much longer your heater may last. 

Expensive Energy Bills

It’s perfectly normal for your energy bills to fluctuate over time. For some homeowners, it’s more expensive to heat in the winter than it is to cool in the summer or vice versa. This is also completely normal. But if your energy bills are significantly higher or increasing at a steady rate without an obvious reason, that is not normal.

Lots of Dust

It’s perfectly normal to notice dust accumulating on surfaces around your home. You may need to wipe down shelves, stands, and tables once a month. But noticing a new layer of dust soon after cleaning is not normal. Too much dust can mean that your heater isn’t running efficiently. You can pay attention to the vents when heat is blowing out into your home to see if there are small particles of dirt and dander blowing out too.

Lack of Humidity

Low humidity levels are a problem for all of us in the winter. When it’s cold outside there is naturally less moisture in the air. But dry air can feel even colder and also pose risks for your health by increasing your chances of getting sick. Your heater should help maintain a healthy level of humidity in your home, and if it doesn’t then there’s a problem.

Hot and Cold Spots

Your heater should distribute heat evenly across your entire home. One room or area of your house should not be significantly warmer or cooler than other areas. This is a problem that we most often see with older furnaces. Over time, your heater may lose some capacity and can struggle to move heat evenly to all rooms. 

Contact Don’s AC Service, Inc today for your HVAC and indoor air quality needs!

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