You probably don’t use the heater very often in your Jupiter, Florida, home. But you still want to know that it’s working properly when you do need it for those occasional chilly nights. When you turn your heater on and it’s not working, you may have to decide whether you should repair or replace it. Here are three signs that it’s best to replace your heater:
The Age of the Heater
Generally, heating systems have a lifespan of about 15- 20 years. Even with regular maintenance, they eventually wear out. By replacing your old heating system with a new modern model, you’ll not only save money on expensive repairs. The heater will run more efficiently. As a result, you’ll also save money on your energy bills.
You Spend More on Repairs Every Year
When you first had your heating system, you didn’t spend money on repairs. As the years go by, you realize that you’re spending more on repairs. Experts recommend replacing your heater when overall repair costs exceed about 50% of the replacement cost. In addition, if your standard warranty of 5-10 years expires, repair costs can become quite expensive. Consider putting the money toward a new heater instead of for repairs.
The Furnace Has Yellow Flames
If you have a gas or propane heater and see yellow flames, that’s usually an indication of improper fuel burning. It may mean the fuel mixture isn’t correct, the burners need adjustment or there’s a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide (CO2) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas known as the silent killer. If there are leaks in the furnace and it’s not burning fuel properly, CO2 can enter your home. If you notice yellow flames, feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath, leave the house and call your utility company so they can turn off the gas. Then make an appointment to have the heating system replaced.
Give our friendly team at North County Cooling Inc. a call today to schedule your new heater installation. You can reach us at 561-288-2063.
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