The fact that our winters are somewhat mild compared to those in other parts of the country should not lull you into a false sense of security. If your existing heater is in no shape to handle another heating season, you are going to want to have that system replaced before the onset of winter strikes. What about those instances in which the heater is not on the brink of disaster, though? After all, it is always best to replace your heating system before a complete and total breakdown.
Before we really reach the point where our heaters are needed regularly, we suggest that you give the following information some serious thought. We are not trying to rush into the purchasing of a new heater, and the fact is that our technicians are skilled in keeping heaters up and running as long as possible. Just because your heater in Everett, WA can be kept going, however, does not mean that it should be.
How Old Is Your System?
When you purchase a new heating system or appliance, you will be presented with a projected lifespan of that system. Now, this does not mean that a heater expected to last 12-15 years is going to break down completely the day that it hits 15. What it does mean, though, is that once your heater starts to reach this age span, it is time to start making some plans. When it comes to system age, it is not only a breakdown that you have to worry about. Age informs many different factors that will come into play as you decide whether or not it is time to replace your system — such as those following.
Is Your System Reliable?
Reliability is a huge point of consideration when it comes to replacing a heater. If your heater is only 4 or 5 years and old and it needs a fairly substantial repair, it makes more sense to move forward with that repair than a heater that is 11 years old. This is how age ties into everything. However, even if your system is only 6 or 7 years old, issues with reliability may make replacement your best option. You don’t want to be wasting money replacing new equipment, but there is a tipping point where it just no longer makes sense to continue dumping money into a system, regardless of age.
Are You Satisfied with the System?
This is a big one, and for some reason it is a point that many homeowners don’t put all that much stock in. Sure, replacing a heater that is only a year or 2 old just because it’s not the exact model that you’d have chosen may be pushing it. What about if you have allergies that are aggravated by your forced air heater, and you want to try a radiant system or a ductless model that can help to resolve such issues. What if your system isn’t that old, but the previous homeowner purchased one that is rather inefficient? Ultimately, your overall satisfaction with — or lack thereof — your heater is more than enough reason to consider a replacement.
Schedule your heating replacement with G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.