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5 Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Heating Unit

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You could freeze to death. Not literally, but as winter approaches, you could be freezing if your home heating unit’s not in good shape.

Before the seasonable chill of the winter months hits, now’s as good a time as any to upgrade your home heating unit. For five signs that it’s time to upgrade your home heating unit, keep reading.

1. Loud Noises

Shaking, rattling, and rollin’ is for dancing to the blues, not for your home heating unit. If your unit’s squeaking, clanking, rumbling, or all of the above, replace that thing.

Weird or loud noises coming from your home heating unit are a sure sign that it needs to be replaced. Whether your blower is louder than before or your furnace groans, if it makes uncalled-for noises: upgrade it.

2. An Old Home Heating Unit

Just as bad as a noisy unit is an old one. As far as we know, there’s no such thing as ageism against home heating units, so don’t feel bad about discriminating against your old unit.

Heating units will typically last for about a decade. Older models become less efficient and costlier to repair. Save yourself those troubles by simply buying a new model.

Replacing a unit that’s more than 10 years old with an Energy Star model can save you 20 percent on energy bills.

A new furnace can save money and headaches.

3. The Energy Bills Are Too Darn High

Like with many things in life, if your home heating unit costs you too much, replace it. Show no mercy to units that drain your bank account (and don’t help the environment either).

If your energy bills rise for no apparent reason, blame your unit. Older, inefficient systems require more energy to do the same job. Sometimes you can fix the inefficiency, but at other times you’ll see that there’s no fix for the problem besides a total replacement.

4. Endless Repairs

As already mentioned, sometimes repairs really are the answer.

But in other cases, no amount of repairs can fix an irreparably broken unit. Like with other things in life, know when to give up on your home’s heating unit. Money spent on repairs would be much better spent on a highly functioning upgrade.

Or, to reduce the chance that repairs are futile, invest in routine maintenance throughout your unit’s lifetime. You’ll spend less money on that than on expensive, fruitless attempts to repair an irreparably broken unit.

5. Extended Running Time

If you notice your unit running for longer than usual, then it struggles to maintain your desired temperature. Such inefficiency is a part of a unit’s aging process.

If – after repairs – it still runs much longer than it used to, it’s on the rocks.

It may be time to upgrade your heating system and join the Comfort Zone.

Good Things Don’t Last

All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. Even your home heating unit will one day take its final, hot breath. It will exhale hot air in a sputter, going gently into that good night.

Before that happens, give your unit a graceful ending by upgrading it to a new unit from Davison Heating & Cooling today.

Sean O’Bryan

Davison, Michigan estate planning attorney Sean Paul O’Bryan has been helping families for 30 years work through the complicated issues of trusts, wills, estate taxes, elder law, and probate avoidance. He is a noted author and speaker on a variety of estate topics. Sean is married and has 2 children, and lives on an active farm in Lapeer, Michigan with several horses, sheep, goats & chickens

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