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How to Tell You Need a New Heater

heating-system-oldWhen you live in Texas, you’re probably a lot more alert to problems with your air conditioner than you are to problems in your heater. Still, your heating system is an important part of your home. Can you imagine going days without central heating in the middle of winter, huddling around a portable heater for warmth?

This can happen to you if your heater breaks down suddenly. Or, you may be rushing to get a new system, without taking the time to consider your best options and find a quality installer. This can lead to many problems over the life of your system, so it’s better to replace your heater before a complete system shutdown. But how do you know your heater needs a replacement?


Problems with the way your furnace operates may be its way of telling you it’s due for a replacement. Of course, this isn’t always true. Sometimes, you just need a new component for a relatively low price. Other times, it turns out a homeowner just hasn’t been using the thermostat properly! However, consistent issues with startup and temperature maintenance may be a serious indication.

Truth be told, the only way to know for sure is to call in a technician. Over the phone, there’s no way for our team to tell you whether that odd sound or that drop in temperatures means your system is done for. Sometimes, an older furnace has years of life ahead of it, while a newer furnace may break down for good thanks to improper installation and sizing. Once you do call in technicians, you have a good place to start in deciding whether you heater stays or goes.

Cost of Repairs

After calling technicians into your home, you should get a quote to repair your system. If this quote seems way too high, you may want to call for a second opinion. After this point, though, you have to make a decision. Think about these questions…

  • Is it really worth paying hundreds of dollars to repair a heating system that is bound to fail eventually?
  • Will this repair only serve as a temporary patch, until additional components start to break as well?
  • Isn’t it better to have an efficient new heater than one that will only continue to run poorly with a new component?

If a repair for an older system is going to cost about half what you’d pay for a new one…it’s probably not worth it. Consult with a technician for your final opinion.


Age is just a number, but for your heater it can be a pretty important one. The average lifespan for a furnace or a heat pump, often as stated by the manufacturer, is about 10-15 years. However, with proper maintenance your system could last longer. Without it, or without the right installation, it could fail much sooner.

Still, 10-15 years is a good guide for when you should start considering a replacement. If it costs a lot to run, needs frequent repairs, doesn’t keep you very comfortable, and has reached its prime, heater replacement may be the best choice.

Schedule heater service in Hamshire, TX with the pros at Air Services Unlimited.

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