At Reliability Home Services, we are quite familiar with the heating struggles unique to the Nottingham, Maryland area. Whenever fall comes and those cold evenings start to affect local homes, we get calls from all around the area to make sure everyone’s heaters are working properly. Homeowners should be aware of some general information related to heating.
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How long do units last?
Typically, you can expect your heating unit to last between 15 and 20 years. This is highly variable, however, and depends on the quality and type of heating unit that you have. Those installed by home builders have shorter life expectancy of 8-12 years. There is a plethora of home heating methods, including radiant heating, but most homes use forced-air heaters. These heaters are what we generally base life expectancy on.
What are some benefits of timely maintenance?
Having your heater serviced as soon as any problems come up makes a big difference. For one, your heater will perform more efficiently, especially with regular Precision Tune-ups.
A second and perhaps unexpected benefit is that you will ultimately save money in the long run. An efficient heater uses less energy, so you will see a reduction of cost in your utility bills; you also save yourself the pain of more expensive repairs as the problem becomes worse.
Third, air quality inside the home is greatly improved by regularly changing air filters.
Last but not least, by keeping your heater running smoothly, you actually extend the life of the unit.
What are some signs that you need to repair or replace your heater?
Unfortunately, a homeowner can generally expect to face a few heater problems in his or her lifetime. On the bright side, there are lots of things that can be done to repair the unit rather than having to replace it.
Some signs that your heater needs repair include:
- Loud noises in the unit.
- Inconsistent temperature.
- Poor air quality.
- Condensation on windows.
All of these problems should be addressed and diagnosed by a professional as soon as possible to be repaired. Sometimes, however, fixing the problem won’t save the unit. As heaters age, they become more likely to experience problems.
It may be time to replace your heater if you have needed repairs more than once in the last two years. We will also likely recommend a replacement if your heater is over 15 years old.
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