Should I Replace My Heating System?

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There’s no need to guess whether your heating system needs professional help. That’s because it will start putting out signs the moment its components begin to fail. However, it can be difficult for the average person to identify and interpret these signs. So let the team from Pann Home Services help you decipher the knocks, creaks, and other symptoms of a failing heating system like:


Less of a sign and more of a rule of thumb, you should start considering replacing your heating system if it’s near the end of its projected lifespan. For most systems, this age range is between 10-15 years.

Older heating systems gradually lose their ability to provide steady and reliable heat with even temperatures from room to room. Without regular, proper maintenance, this drop-off in performance becomes more noticeable. That’s why you won’t be able to rely on your heater once it hits this age range.

While you might be able to get away with a heater with 10-12 years of service under its belt, and unit aged 15 or higher should be considered for replacement.

Increases In Repairs and Utility Bills

On average, heating systems at least ten years old operate at no better than 60% efficiency, meaning that these systems waste 40 cents of every dollar you spend to heat your home. By contrast, today’s high-efficiency systems operate at up to 95% efficiency levels — some even higher.

If your system is suffering from these kinds of inefficiencies, you’ll not only get better heating performance out of a new system; you’ll save money too!

Uneven Temperature Distribution

If your system fails to deliver warm air, the source of the issue could be challenging to nail down. For example, improper equipment operation, duct problems, inadequate insulation, or other obscure factors could lead to uneven heat distribution. To determine the source of your issue, you’ll need the help of a professional HVAC technician.

Humidity Issues

Humidity issues are often the result of improper venting. Usually, this venting results from gaps in ducts or cracks in some of your system’s components. Either way, the increased moisture could spell doom not only for your heating system but also for your home. Replacing your system could be an excellent way to reduce the humidity level in your home.

Increased Dust Volume

Improper filtering and gaps in specific heating system components could be the source of extra dust in your home. For example, leaky ducts can pull dust, other dirt particles, and air from attics, crawl spaces, and basements and then distribute them throughout your home. Sealing and insulating your ducts helps keep your home clean and your energy bills down. However, if the issue is elsewhere, you’ll need a professional’s opinion to eliminate the excess dust from your home.

Increased Noise Production

If your heating system suddenly starts making unusual noises, don’t ignore them. Noises are one the surest indicators of a marked change in operation for your system. Telltale “fix me” noises include a high-pitched squealing sound or a low rumble, likely caused by the pilot light needing adjustment. Low rumbles might also indicate dirty gas burners or under-sized ducts.

If your system recently started making a new sound, contact a specialist today to inspect and diagnose the source of the noise.

Let Pann Help You Maintain Your System

Let’s say you haven’t noticed any of these warning signs. We at Pann Home Services think that’s great, and we’d like to help you keep it that way. So we urge you to contact us today for our heating system check-up. We’ve designed our comprehensive services to help you avoid repair problems. These services will help your heating system to last longer and reduce your monthly utility costs.

If you live outside our service range, why not try working with one of our trusted friends like Modesto’s own Derek Sawyer’s Heating & Air Conditioning? Their Modesto heating services cover many issues, so you’re sure to find what you need with them.

Pann Home Services – helping you keep the heat on all winter long.