At Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Air, we know how brutal winters can be here in the Marietta, GA area. And we know that spending all day cooped up in a freezing house is no way to live. If your heater isn’t up to the job, or you need a new heater installation, call us right away to ensure you and your family remain cozy and warm all winter.
Not sure if you need to repair your heater? Our friendly HVAC experts can recommend the most cost-effective option.
Is Your Heater Broken? Here Are Signs It Could Be
No one wants their heater to break during winter. The good news is your heater will usually let you know when it’s about to give up the ghost, and here are a few signs that say you need to call a heating replacement specialist right away.
- Lack of Heat — Not getting heat doesn’t always mean your heater is broken; it could be a circuit breaker or a loss of power. However, if you’ve checked and still have no heat, call a professional.
- Strange Noises — If your heater makes grinding or squealing noises, it’s a sure sign that something is wrong. A strange noise could be anything from a crack in the heat exchanger to a bad blower motor.
- Rise in Energy Bills — If you see a sudden rise in your energy bills, maybe your heater is to blame. As your heater ages, it becomes less efficient, which causes your energy bills to spike. Call a heating replacement expert for an assessment.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Heater?
Getting a new heating installation is expensive and most people would like to avoid if possible. When a heater goes bad, it’s common to want to repair it rather than spring for a new system. However, sometimes getting a new heater is financially better than continuing to repair it. Here are things to consider when weighing your options.
- Frequency of Repairs — If you’re repairing your heater more and more often, then it’s better for you financially to put that money towards a new system that’s more reliable and will last longer.
- Lack of Efficiency — Today’s heaters are efficient and can save you money year over year than heaters over 20 years old.
- Repair vs. Replace Ratio — If the cost of repairing your heater is 50% or more than the cost of a new heater, you’re better off getting a new heater.
Is your furnace not giving you the heat? Check out our furnace repair solutions and call us for help.
How Long Should a Heater Last?
Your heater is like any appliance because it has a certain life expectancy. You can extend the life expectancy if you perform regular maintenance and don’t use it heavily. However, a typical heater is expected to last 15-20. To make sure you get the most out of your heater, change the filters regularly and have a professional come in once a year to give it an overhaul and inspection.