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When Is The Right Time To Buy A New Heater?

Have you ever wondered when it's time to buy a new heater? You might think that this is the kind of thing only an HVAC contractor would know, but the truth is that many homeowners have already been through it. In this post, I'll outline some signs that indicate your heater needs to be replaced.

When Your Heating Bills Are Increasing

If you notice a significant increase in your heating bills, it could be a sign that your furnace needs a replacement. If this happens to you, don't worry—you're not alone! A lot of people have experienced this problem. Some have even been surprised when their heating bills doubled overnight—and it's usually because they didn't know about all the different factors that affect them.

If your heater is not doing its job, it's time to think about replacing it. If the temperature inside your home is colder than you'd like, or if the temperature in one part of your house feels significantly warmer than another, then it may be time for a new heater. You can also check for other signs indicating it's time for a new heater: does the unit make strange noises? Do you hear a rattling sound when you turn on the heat? Is warm air blowing out from any vents?

Sometimes with a quick maintenance inspection, you can avoid replacing your system altogether. The best thing to do is to keep track of your routine inspections to avoid potential damage to your heating system that becomes increasingly difficult to fix.

When Your Heater Is 15 years Old or More

If your heater is 15 years old or older, it may be time to consider replacing it. The average lifespan for HVAC systems is 15 years, but if yours has been in operation for longer than that, it's probably best to move on.

  • A lot can go wrong with an older system: It's more likely to break down and require costly repairs.

  • If you have an older system and still need heating help during the winter months—or even in other seasons—you'll need to budget extra money for repairs or replacements as needed. And there's no guarantee those fixes will last through another season, either!

You might be thinking that a quick repair is cheaper than replacing your system, and you would be right until you factor in the number of repairs. If you are scheduling a repair every two months to keep that old heater running, then over time, that is going to be a drain on your finances, which could be avoided by purchasing a new heating system.

You'll also want to check your heater's efficiency rating and the cost of replacing it. You may qualify for a tax credit or rebate if you buy an energy-efficient appliance like a new high-efficiency furnace or central air conditioner.

Spring And Fall Deals

When scoring that new heating system, we suggest buying your system during off-peak seasons to get the best savings. Not only can buying a furnace in the middle of winter be a hassle due to pricing, but it can also be hard to get convenient scheduling options. Winter is when many homeowners call in last-minute maintenance checks on their heating systems, and you’re left with inconvenient time slots.

Not only can buying a heating system in the Spring or Fall be more convenient, but you can also save on deals with discounts on heating systems. Usually, older models get discounted in favor of upcoming model releases, leaving you more options for saving money.

Can I Put Off A New Heater Purchase?

We get that saving money is always a priority, but you can spend more money than save when you put off a new heater purchase. The best solution to getting the best money-saving option in this scenario is contacting our HVAC team to get a quick assessment of your situation. Our team can break down when the best time to replace your system and give you a rough estimate of what to expect on your utility bills to help you decide if putting off a new purchase is worth it.

At Freedom Air Heating and Air Conditioning we know a thing or two about HVAC solutions, so give us a call at (803) 573-4032 if you ever need help!