With the temperatures starting to drop around Los Angeles, its time to make sure your heating system will be able to provide the warmth you need to stay comfortable this winter. This is especially true if you’ve had heating issues in recent years. You may be unsure of whether repair work will be able to get you through the heating season, or if you should invest in an entire system upgrade. While you should consult with an expert before making such an important decision, you can use these questions to better understand the criteria behind deciding whether you should repair or replace your system.
How old is the heating system?
If it is over 15 years old, an upgrade will not only provide improved comfort, it will help you save substantial amounts on your heating costs — up to 50 percent. These savings, as well as government incentives such as rebates and tax credits, can help offset the cost of an upgrade.
How has my heating system performed lately?
If this is your first run-in with heating problems, simple repairs will probably be enough to get you back up and running for several more years. However, if you are experiencing some of these symptoms, you may be in need of an upgrade:
- Heating costs steadily rising
- System operates noisily
- Excessive dust in air
- Air feels sticky and moist
- Consistent operational problems
How often do I use my heating system?
L.A. is not exactly known for brutal winters. This means that you should expect to get at least the average life expectancy from your heating system: 15 years. To help you get to that benchmark, be sure to take proper care of your equipment each and every year. Scheduling preventive maintenance in the fall will help prepare you for the upcoming months, as the technician will clean components and replace damaged parts that could interrupt your service.
You shouldn’t make the final decision on whether you should repair or replace until you have consulted a professional. Contact Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heatingtoday for any heating-related questions that you may have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whether to repair or replace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.