Should I Replace or Repair my Heating System?
As the temperature begins to drop and the tell-tale signs of winter begin to show, you might consider assessing the functionality and efficiency of your home heating system to address avoidable problems before the weather gets too cold. Deciding whether to replace or repair your system can be a difficult choice. To help you make the best decision for your home, Efficient Pure Plumbing has put together a handy guide to help you make the most effective, economical choice.
A breakdown of your heating system during winter can be a difficult situation to overcome. Extensive repairs can take longer than expected while leaving your family vulnerable to the elements. Contacting experts to conduct a thorough check of your heating system will allow you time to make the right upgrades with time to spare, while also saving you money by giving you more time to research and choose the right option.
Repair Vs. Replace
Replacing or repairing a heating system can be a big task, and making the right choice involves taking a range of factors into account. Here are some tell-tale signs that indicate that it is time to make some changes.
Carbon Monoxide Emissions:
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and colourless, which makes it difficult to detect and therefore deadly if inhaled over a long period of time. A cracked combustion chamber in your system can lead to carbon monoxide entering your home and endangering your family. Thankfully, there are some clear signs that indicate the presence of carbon monoxide, allowing you to act quickly:
- A yellow flame in the burner instead of blue
- Excessive moisture on walls and other surfaces.
- Rusty pipes
- Blackening of the furnace due to soot
- Lack of an adequate upward draft from the chimney
- Nausea, headaches and unexplained symptoms
Contact a professional heating and ducting company immediately if you see any of these signs for a prompt, safe and professional solution to this potentially serious problem.
Your Home’s Furnace Is Showing Its Age
It is recommended that heating furnaces be repaired, even replaced after a period of 10-15 years. Even high-quality brands suggest replacement since critical components start to show their age and can compromise your safety. Repairs at this stage can be costly, and it may be more economical to go in for a full replacement. If your system requires frequent repairs even after servicing, it might be time to replace your current system with something more efficient.
Higher Heating Bills
While heating costs do vary over the course of the year, sudden spikes are a sure sign that internal parts are starting to deteriorate, causing your system to be less efficient and therefore use more energy to provide the same amount of heat. In a situation like this, it is important to calculate the cost of repair vs replacement. It might be worth investing in a new system which will save you money over the long term with lower heating bills.
Hydronic Heating Specialists In Melbourne
Whether you’re looking to replace or repair your heating system, Efficient Pure Plumbing’s experts are just a phone call away, waiting to help you make the right choice. We have more than 20 years of experience and have repaired a vast range of old ducted heating and cooling systems. We can diagnose your system for leaks and advise when a system has deteriorated beyond the scope of repair and merits replacing. Give us a call on 03 9792 3261 today or get in touch online.