Here’s how to recognize and avoid potential heating problems this winter
The last thing you want to break down in your home in the middle of these wintery holidays is your heating system. Heating systems provide comfort and warmth to our homes. Typically, heating systems last 10-15 years. However, a heating breakdown can actually decrease the lifespan of your furnace, heat pump, or ductless system.
With the information in this article, you can become a proactive homeowner and take the correct steps to ensure your home has a high-performing heating system for years to come.
What are the most expensive heating repairs?
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9 most common heating problems and why they matter:
Here are the 9 most-common heating problems:
- Filthy filters: This isn’t only a health concern. Dirty filters will inadvertently force your heater to work harder, which leads to larger energy costs or cause future problems elsewhere.
- General wear-and-tear: While this may be one of the more normalized issues a heater can face, it can cause problems with airflow, heat control, or even overheating.
- Electrical ignition: A faulty ignition not only makes it difficult to heat a large space quickly, but also causes thermocouple problems, clogs, or drafts.
- Broken down furnace: If your furnace is not serving its core purpose, it will need to be repaired. Many breakdowns are caused by issues with power, gas supply, thermostat settings, or a malfunctioning flame sensor.
- Heat exchanger crack: A clogged filter that forces furnaces to work harder will cause stress within the furnace. This can result in a crack in the heat exchanger.
- The furnace does not provide enough heat: This is another unfortunate result of clogged air filters. This can also be a sign that the furnace is the wrong size for your home.
- Thermostat malfunctions: This will quickly cause problems with comfort levels and the fan.
- Frequent cycling: This is another indicator that the filters are clogged, there is bad airflow, or the thermostat setting is bad.
- Strange or loud noises: Noises that are abnormal (e.g., squeaking, rattling, or banging) may be due to a mechanical problem, clogged burner, or reduction in airflow.
Now let’s put this into quantifiable numbers. Some of the most expensive heating repairs—such as replacing a furnace’s heat exchanger—can add up to more than $1,500 on average. Generally, the next most expensive fix is a blower motor replacement for approximately $1,000. Lastly, replacing a furnace’s gas valve will be just around $600. Keep reading to learn some simple ways to avoid these large expenses.
What can you do now?
Similar to any other major appliance or aspect of your home, you can and should take steps as soon as possible to prevent future repair costs. By simply being proactive and immediately acting on any sign of heating system trouble, you, too, can extend its lifecycle and prevent yourself from costly repair costs farther down the road.
Now that you know some of the most expensive heating repairs, what steps can you take to avoid these pricey problems? We would first recommend scheduling a heating tune-up. Hiring a professional to perform routine maintenance is the best way to help you avoid a costly breakdown later. In addition to the obvious benefits of scheduling a heating tune-up, other upsides to seasonal heating maintenance include:
- Continued safe operations of your gas furnace
- Better energy efficiency and lower winter utility bills
- Longer heating system lifespan
- Maintaining the manufacturer’s warranty
By cleaning or replacing your air filter regularly, you’ll save money, improve your indoor air quality, and cut your energy use. By doing so on a monthly basis, you will reap long term benefits such as high energy-efficiency, heating system longevity, and better indoor air quality.
The last piece of advice is to be proactive. This one sounds so simple, but it is far easier to procrastinate or ignore heating system problems as they arise. Calling an expert for an inspection will reduce the wear-and-tear on the heater, allow our team to spot repair opportunities before a system breaks down, and save you money on future repair costs.
Call the experts!
If you are still on the fence about whether it’s worth it, or have already noticed a problem with your heating system, contact us today. We would be more than happy to send a member of our team out to your home to help with a routine inspection, tune-up, or repair.