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When One More Heating Repair Just Isn’t Enough

return air vent on wallWe hope that you scheduled your heating maintenance before the heating season began, just like you should be doing each and every year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). We also hope that when a professional recommends heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT, that you take care of it right away. After all, this is the only way to properly care for your heater, no matter what type you have.

Eventually though, you will have to replace your heater. No amount of maintenance or timely repairs will prevent a heating system from aging—eventually “just one more repair” just won’t cut it. But how do you know whether or not the time has come to start considering a heater replacement or upgrade? It’s not always easy to tell, but we do have some common signs that you can watch for. If any of the three scenarios describe what you’re going through, be sure to give our pros a call.

Your Heating Bills Are Spiking

Naturally, your heating costs are going to rise from month to month during the winter and you use the system more consistently. However, if your heating system begins to cost more to operate than it did last year at this time, despite comparable use, then it’s time to pay attention.

Sometimes, heating systems begin to cost more and more to use because they’ll wear down to the point that their efficiency drops. The lower your heater’s efficiency drops, the longer it has to work to accomplish the same temperature control. This is what causes your monthly bills to rise over time. Once a system reaches this point, there isn’t much that can be done to fix it, which is why we say sometimes, just one more repair isn’t enough.

Frequent Repairs

Another reason “just one more repair” doesn’t always make sense is because sometimes all those repairs are doing are delaying the inevitable and wasting your money. Some heating systems are more resistant to repair needs than others (such as boiler systems), but any heater can have problems crop up under certain circumstances.

There is no heating system on the market that should require repairs every few months. A good rule of thumb to go by is that if your next heating system repair is going to cost you half of what a new system would, it’s going to make more economical sense to replace the system.

Your Heater Is Old

This depends on the heater type, but the average lifespan you can expect from your heating system is about 10-20 years. Past this point, a heating system will become more and more costly to run as it becomes less efficient.

If your heater is approaching this age or is older than this, it’s a good idea to have our heating pros take a look at it to determine what kind of shape it’s in. You may find that you can actually get by with just one more repair for a while, but it’s always better to contact a pro to find this out for sure.

For superior heating replacement services and more, contact our team today—see why our customers keep saying “I Love My Design Comfort!”

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