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 Solar, 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.

Serving Customers Since 1979

Many residents of Placerville have turned to Gilmore Heating, Air, and Solar 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. We’re also proud to deal with solar energy systems. Call our office today to learn more.