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Winter has arrived in Texas, bringing frigid temperatures with it. With cold temperatures, ice, and snow looming over us this winter, the last thing we want is to have our heaters working too hard, or worse, not working at all. Luckily, there are some warning indicators that we can look out for before our heaters stop functioning.

You Have Higher Energy Bills

As with any machinery, the older the product, the more complex it has to work. The more complicated your heater has to work to warm your house, the more money your energy company will charge you. It should also be noted that the longer your heater has to work to produce your idealized heat, the more you’ll have accumulated long-term expenses that could’ve been allocated towards buying a new heater sooner. While replacing your heater is expensive up front, long-term, it’ll save you more money than fixing bits and pieces of your unit or delaying replacing anything at all; after all, heater parts are costly.

Your Heater is Making Noises

At home, utilities like a furnace or heater are turned on and off, and they’ll make noises, but if they have begun to get progressively louder or you hear these noises post turn on or off, then it may be time to upgrade your heater. Your machinery working harder causes noises that could lead to needing either a complete update of the heater or the replacement of some parts within the heater itself, depending on the sound.

  • A rattling sound: Could indicate loose screws or that the lower motor of the heater is not correctly balanced.
  • A humming sound: This could indicate that your blower fan could be failing

We recommend that you get your unit checked out for these noises. Depending on the evaluation, upgrading your heater entirely may be more financially responsible than just replacing a couple of parts.

Your Home Has Different Room Temperatures

A deteriorating heater can lead to rooms in your home having different temperatures. This happens when the heater doesn’t have enough capability to disperse heat evenly among rooms in the house. This complex dispersion scenario often leads to consumers changing the temperature within their homes, which causes the temperature imbalance in your home to worsen and cost you more energy-wise because of your heating unit having a constant uncertain feeling.

While these are just a few indicators for updating your heater, remember that a heater usually lasts about ten years, so if your unit is ten or more years old, you’ll want to get your system inspected. Ready to get your system inspected? Give us a call at (806)372-1572.