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How To Know When To Replace Your Heating System

Published November 22, 2022

Picture this: It’s a fine winter night in Virginia Beach and you’re getting cozy by the fireplace while sipping on some hot chocolate and watching a scary movie. Suddenly, the heater goes off and you can’t get it to turn back on. You can already feel yourself waking up with a stuffy nose and having to blow thousands of dollars on a costly repair. That sure sounds haunting, doesn’t it? Your friends at Galactic Air are here to make sure you stay warm and free of problems with your heating system throughout the winter. This blog will go over some of the signs that might indicate it’s time for you to replace your heating system before it breaks down unexpectedly.

Signs Your System Needs Replacing

We know it might be tricky to know when exactly to replace your heating system. However, there are some very obvious signs every homeowner should be aware of when it comes to heating systems. Here are five of the most common telltale signs that indicate your system needs to be replaced as soon as possible:

  • Your Heating System Is Making Strange Noises
  • Your Energy Bill Has Been Increasing
  • Short Cycling
  • You’ve Had A Cold For A While
  • You Live In An Old Home

1. Your Heating System Is Making Strange Noises

Have you been hearing loud rattling noises coming from your heating system? If so, this could be a sign there is something wrong with it such as motor failure from old age. While a low humming sound is normal while your system is operating, any unusual sound emanating from the furnace or heat pump might indicate an underlying issue. We recommend you contact a trusted technician to take a look at your system to determine if it needs to be replaced. Other noises you should watch out for include:

  • Banging
  • Squealing
  • Whistling

2. Your Energy Bill Has Been Increasing

Is your monthly energy bill at an all-time high? Although you might think this is due to you cranking up the heater in order to stay warm, an old heating system that is about to go out might be to blame for. This is because older heating systems have to work harder in order to maintain your home warm and cozy.

3. Short Cycling

The temperature in your home is regulated by a thermostat. Short cycling occurs when your heating system cycles on and off for brief periods of time. This can be triggered by the heat exchanger overheating and shutting down the system. Short cycling reduces the effectiveness of your heating system and may indicate that something is significantly wrong with it.

4. You’ve Had A Cold For A While

Do you vividly remember being sick throughout last winter? If so, this might indicate there is a problem with your heating system. Dry air inside your home is frequently worsened by your heating system, causing you to become sick more frequently. The inability to adequately disperse heat throughout your home might contribute to you catching a cold. Another thing to consider would be to replace your air filters which might be the cause for your flu-like symptoms due to poor indoor air quality. In fact, your furnace and your AC system use the exact same filter which is why receiving a fall tune-up is so important.

5. You Live In An Old Home

We know this one is obvious but we’re still here to remind you! If you live in an older home and have no knowledge of the heating system being replaced, this might mean it’s time to contact a technician for an inspection. Your technician will be able to quickly assess your heating system and estimate its age. HVAC technology typically lasts 15-20 years. While some heating systems can survive longer than others, depending on the quality of the system and your maintenance program, it’s a good idea to be aware of when your heater is nearing the end of its life so you can plan for a more effective replacement.