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Three Helpful Rules for Heating Replacement


Did you know that your heating system has a lifespan? Every heating unit is created with a certain amount of years in mind.

Depending on factors like climate and usage, those systems will get worn down over time and eventually crack under the pressure of being used for a decade.

Heating systems can be repaired, and we’ll likely tell you when repairs are required. But what if repairs are just delaying the inevitable?

This blog post is going to discuss some helpful rules to help you decide if you need a repair or a whole new heating installation in Whitefish, MT.

Eventually, your old system will have to get replaced by a new one, and we want to make sure that you feel 100% confident in the decision that you’re making. Sure, our team can save the day, but we only want to do what you feel comfortable with us doing.

The Rules of Replacement

Sometimes, having rules or guidelines to help put you on the path to success is necessary. Many people are routine-oriented and require some hard data to help them make the right decision in a difficult moment.

When a heating system like a gas furnace or heat pump breaks down, that can be one of the most stressful experiences possible, so it’s valuable to have tips to keep you moving forward.

The Half-Price Rule

This isn’t a strict rule, but it’s a very good rule of thumb to have on hand when making the choice as to whether you should repair your system or replace it.

When encountering an expensive repair on a system that’s older, it’s important to evaluate whether that cost is worth it.

If the repair on your older heating system is half the price or more of a replacement, then the replacement is a more cost-effective choice.

The Expiration Date Rule

This rule is simple, but it’s important nonetheless.

If your heating system has reached the end of its lifespan, then a replacement is almost always going to be worth the investment.

We’re talking about 10-15 years for a heat pump or furnace, since they’ll become less reliable and efficient after this timeframe.

The Repair and Efficiency Rule

If your heating system isn’t quite as old as it could be, and you’re not dealing with any expensive repair needs right now, then how might you tell if the system needs to be replaced? After all, sometimes the signs can be covert instead of overt, and your heating system might still need replacement even if it’s not obvious.

Well, here are two things that can heavily impact your heating system’s quality of life. If the heating system constantly needs repairs at least once a year, and is also using more fuel or energy to heat your home than in previous years, it’s not in good shape. A heater needs to be both efficient and reliable to be worth its cost. If it’s not, then it’s time to invest in a system that can handle the job.

We are Here to Save the Day! Contact Bill’s Superheat, Inc. for any additional questions you might have, or to schedule service.

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