When to Consider a New Heating System

Packaged systems, heat pumps, furnaces, and mini-splits all break down eventually, so it is good to know when you should consider a replacement. Above all, the following signs should encourage you to call up heating professional and ask about your options moving forward.

Old Heating Systems

Heat pumps and packaged units have a life span of 10 to 15 years, assuming that their owners are maintaining them well. Furnaces can last from 15 to 30 years, and some can keep going for as long as 40 years. If your system is reaching the end of its life, you could consider replacement, but it would be wise to look for other warning signs in conjunction with this.

Inefficient Performance

One of those signs is poor performance. Perhaps your unit has been breaking down frequently. You’re replacing one component after another, but the unit is still struggling to reach the set temperature. On the other hand, perhaps the unit heats your home quickly but switches on again just as quickly. This is called short-cycling and may be due to an overheating system.

At Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣, we can send out technicians anywhere in Placerville, CA, to inspect malfunctioning heaters. In some cases, we could extend a system’s life with some simple repairs. If a replacement is cheaper in the long run, though, our team will be honest and say so.

Increases in Your Heating Bills

Another sign that your heating system should be replaced is an abnormal rise in your utility bill going hand in hand with inefficient performance. Sometimes, homeowners have an oversized or undersized unit without knowing it. Such a unit could contribute to higher bills.

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Many residents of Placerville have turned to Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣ for heating and cooling work, but that’s not all we do. Our team of plumbers can address everything from clogged drains to trenchless sewer repairs. Call our office today to learn more.

Why Is My Heater Not Blowing Any Hot Air?

There are a number of reasons why a heating system won’t blowing hot air. An exact answer to this question may not be available until a trained service technician has inspected your equipment. However, there are a few things you can verify before scheduling a repair call.

Replace the Filter

The filter is an important layer in a heating system. It helps keep dirt out of the equipment. When you don’t change the filter every month, it gets clogged. A dirty filter stops airflow and can overheat the system. The team at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing⁣ can assist you with a broken or overheated furnace in Placerville. We’re a licensed and insured home heating company.

Check the Pilot Light

Pilot lights can blow out, and the indoor air will turn cold quickly when the flame goes out. Relighting the pilot light can be a tricky process, so only light it if you know how to do so safely. If the pilot light goes out repeatedly, call a technician to inspect it. A part may be damaged and need replacing.

Schedule Maintenance

When a furnace system hasn’t had maintenance, it gets very dirty and can stop working properly. A dirty furnace can struggle to deliver warm air, and your house can become cold quickly. It’s time to call the experts for a system tune-up. A maintenance visit will include testing, cleaning, and calibrating your equipment.

Verify the Fan Setting

If you’re experiencing cycles of hot air followed by periods of cold air, check the fan. The fan setting should be on auto. The auto setting ensures that the blower works only when the furnace delivers hot air. When the fan is set to the on position, the fan blows air all the time whether it’s hot or cold.

At Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing⁣, we guarantee our workmanship when replacing old heating systems with new models. We can also repair and maintain all heating and cooling equipment makes and models. Call us today to learn more about scheduling an appointment in Placerville.