Your home is made up of a number of intricate components and systems. While often overlooked, without these systems, your home would be anything but comfortable. This is particularly true when it comes to your home's heating system. If your heating system is not functioning correctly, you can expect to have serious issues heating your home or higher utility cost because of the unit's decreased efficiency. Part of being a savvy and smart homeowner involves knowing when it's time to replace your heating system.
When your Systems Clunks Out
If heating your home efficiently is important, knowing how to recognize when your system is in need of replacement is essential.
Age – One simple indication is the age of your system. On average, a heating system will last between 15 and 20 years. If your heating system is around this age, it's a good idea to have it evaluated for replacement.
Burner flame – The burner flame on your unit should be blue. If it is yellow, this is an indication of a problem. This typically means that your natural gas furnace is likely producing carbon monoxide, a serious and dangerous health hazard. In this event, have the unit checked and replaced soon.
Repair frequency – Preventive and minor, occasional repairs are a normal part of being the owner of a heating system. However, when malfunctions seem to be occurring on an ongoing basis, this is generally a sign that your system is basically falling apart one piece at a time. In this instance, it would be more cost and time effective to simply replace.
In addition to increased efficiency and lower heating costs, installing a new system can yield a number of additional benefits.
Tax credit – When you upgrade to a more energy efficient heating system, you might be eligible for a tax credit from both the federal and your local government. Keep in mind that the type of heating system you install will determine just how much of a credit you receive.
Improved air quality – If you suffer from allergies, you know just how important pollutant free air is. A newer, more powerful, unit will do a better job removing allergies from the air, such as pet dander and dust, providing you and your family with cleaner air.
Don't overlook your home's heating system. Be proactive and determine if it's time to replace your unit before it ends up costing you extra time and money. (for more information, contact A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning)