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Is It Time For a New Heater?

cute dog under the warm grey blanketWhen you get up in the morning and you want to take the chill out of the air to make breakfast prep a little more bearable, it shouldn’t require much more than just turning on your heater. However, if your Spokane, WA heating system is acting up, you may discover the opposite is your reality. You might run your heater and discover it makes no difference for your home. Alternatively, your system may not respond at all.

Your first instinct may be to say, “Well I guess I need to get my heater repaired again.” But wait. How many repairs have you needed in the past few years? If the answer is more than one, there is a chance that, rather than a repair, you actually need a heater replacement.

Do I Need to Replace My Heating System?

The idea of scheduling a heating replacement when the cold weather has already started to settle into our area can send a chill down your spine. First of all, it is going to have a higher price tag than a repair service would. Secondly, a replacement can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, especially if you have a system that uses natural gas. To us, these are just more reasons to get your replacement taken care of sooner than later–this way you won’t have sunk money into repairing a dying heater and you can get the job done when you don’t have to struggle to keep warm for hours or days on end.

With this in mind, you will want to schedule a heater replacement as soon as you realize it is time you retire your system. Here are the warning signs indicating you should reach out to schedule this service.

  • Your heater needs frequent repairs. Repairs are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean they should be frequent. If you need heater repairs on a near-yearly basis, it means your system is getting to a point when it won’t be able to function anymore. Additionally, heating repairs that cost the equivalent of half or more of the price to get a new system are also a sign that your system needs to be replaced.
  • Energy bills are still on the rise. Yes, your energy bills will rise and fall based on your use of your heater. However, if you notice huge, unnecessary spikes in your energy bills even when your heater use is the same as usual, it is a sign that your heater is likely in trouble.
  • The system is close to or past 15-years-old. Age is an important thing to take note of when it comes to your HVAC systems. This is because a system that is between 12 to 15 years old is going to need to be replaced soon, as this is when most systems hit the end of their lifespan.

When your heater is acting up and can’t provide for your heating needs anymore, make sure you reach out to our team for the service you need. We can work with you to select a new unit and get it installed so you can enjoy optimal home comfort again.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Schedule your heater services with ACI Northwest.

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