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When Repairs Aren’t Enough: Upgrading Your Heater

furnace venting outdoorsHeating systems, especially modern furnaces, are designed to last a pretty long time, so long as you properly maintain and service them. But no matter what type of appliance we’re talking about, it won’t last forever—and your heater is no exception.

With spring right around the corner, you might be tempted to hold off Boerne, TX heating repair or replacement needs, but the end of the season is actually the perfect time to consider if replacement is indeed necessary. This gives you time to decide if you should stick with the same type of heater you already have, or perhaps upgrade to a two-in-one heating and cooling system, like a heat pump—we’ll get to your other options below. In the meantime, read on for some signs that it is indeed time to replace your heating system.

Drop in Efficiency

The older your heater gets, the more worn out it gets, naturally. Eventually though, this wear and tear will cause it to start losing efficiency. Your heater will operate for longer and longer periods of time, trying to reach your desired temperatures, causing your monthly heating bills to spike.

If you notice an increase in your heating bills despite comparable use to last year, then the time to replace your heater is now.

Your Repair Needs Have Escalated

No heating system is perfect. At some time or another, you’ll need to call for heating repairs. However, these needs should only crop up every 2-3 years, especially if you’re staying on top of your furnace maintenance. As the heating system gets to the end of its lifespan, however, components will begin to fail in groups, and you may find yourself calling for repairs every few months.

If you find you’re calling for repairs multiple times a year, or if your next heating repair is going to cost half of what a new system would, then it usually makes more economical sense to replace the system altogether.

Your System Is Old

Age is, understandably, a big factor in how well your heater will operate. Once a heating system reaches the end of its service life (for instance, the average furnace lasts 15 years), it’s going to cost you more and more to keep running it in a cost-effective way.

Explore Your Heating System Options

As we mentioned above, there are various options when it comes to choosing a new heater. You might think that if your home has always had a furnace, then this is the system you should stick with, but this is not the case. In fact, if you have damaged ductwork or would like to eliminate the issues that come with ductwork, you might consider the installation of a ductless mini-split.

And the great thing about a ductless system is that it operates on heat pump technology, so it can be used for effective heating and cooling. In fact, ductless systems work best in climates like ours, with hot summers and fairly mild winters. Contact our team and learn about this option as well as radiant heaters, geothermal systems, or hybrid heating.

For quality HVAC services, contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating!

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