As the winter weather begins, it is inevitable that your heating system will be required for more frequent use. This adds stress to your heating equipment, and if your heater is not likely to handle this additional strain, it is a good idea to replace it before the very cold weather arrives. The last thing anyone wants is to find that their heater breaks down on the coldest day of the year. Unfortunately, many homeowners struggle to decide if they can nurse their heater through another winter or if it’s time to start shopping. So, here we will explore the factors you need to consider to determine if you need a new heater.

Increasing Bills:

Many of us complain about the rising costs of running a home, and while some increase in bills is to be expected, if your heating costs seem to have skyrocketed, it is a sure sign that something is seriously wrong with your system. As heating equipment ages, it will gradually start to suffer from wear and tear. The wearing down of various system components causes a loss in efficiency that increases energy usage. As your system tries to compensate for the loss of efficiency, the heating will run for longer and longer periods, which causes monthly bills to increase. If you are noticing that your heating bills keep rising for no obvious reason, it could be worth thinking about a new heating system.

Persistent Repairs:

No heating system is immune to minor issues and will need repairs occasionally. These repairs should be few and far between, as the system continues to operate as expected. Unfortunately, as heating systems get older, more frequent and persistent repairs become a more common feature. If you find that you are calling out for repair assistance frequently, it is a sure sign that your system needs to be replaced. While no one enjoys making a costly purchase, you need to look at how much you are spending on repairs each year. Once you add up the costs of all these call outs, the price of a new unit is likely to be far more attractive.

Equipment Age:

Most heating equipment is manufactured to have a lifespan of approximately 15 years. While it is possible to keep equipment running past this point, it usually becomes cost prohibitive. As systems get older, finding replacement parts becomes more challenging, and you may even find that manufacturers are no longer supporting that specific model. If your equipment is approaching being 15 years old, it may be time to consider installing a new system. While you may be tempted to spend money on repairs, you will need to give some serious thought to whether it is financially viable.

If you are still unsure about whether it is time to upgrade your heating system, it is a good idea to speak to a trusted and experienced HVAC professional. A reputable technician can assess your heating system, make system recommendations and guide you through the available options.