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NJR Home Services — Experienced HVAC Professionals in Brick, New Jersey

When Should You Have to Replace Your Heating or Cooling System?

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve lived in your home for years, your heating and cooling systems are among your top concerns. Your HVAC system won’t last forever, so when should you think about replacing your furnace/boiler and air conditioner? Did you know home heating and cooling systems are designed to work together? Upgrading both at the same time, even when one unit still has a useful life, can lead to cost savings over time. For starters, there are new systems available on the market that are more efficient than units manufactured just 10 years ago. With a furnace or boiler that's correctly matched to your new AC unit, you can improve airflow and reduce energy costs. In addition, you'll reduce the risk of having your coil freeze. If that happens, you'll likely pay for it out of your own pocket, as most manufacturers don't offer warranties for "coil-only" replacement. So be prepared when your air conditioner or furnace approaches the end of its useful life — it’s best to replace both systems at the same time.

At NJR Home Services (NJRHS), we understand the importance of protecting your home heating and cooling systems. This page answers important questions to help you proactively monitor your heating and cooling systems and make the right decisions.

Let's get back to the issue of how long you can expect your HVAC system to operate efficiently. If you're like most homeowners and view heating and cooling as essential components of modern life, you've probably had them serviced on a regular basis, and may have paid for a few repairs. At some point, though, it will become more cost-efficient, in the long run, to simply put in a new unit. If you have your HVAC repair service on speed dial, that's a pretty good sign it's time to spring for a new unit. Here are some helpful guidelines, so you don't replace a system that still has a few good years, but so that you also don't wait too long.

What Are the Warning Signs My HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced?

Here are some things to look for that may indicate your furnace or air conditioner is approaching the end of its useful life:

  • Your heating or cooling bills went up, with no reasonable explanation. One of the first signs of decline in an HVAC system is the efficiency of the unit. If your energy bills go up and the weather hasn't been unusual, consider getting a quote to replace your heating and cooling systems.
  • You've had more than one significant repair in the last two years. Your heating and AC systems have a number of complex moving parts, all of which can break down with use and age. Accordingly, it's not uncommon to have some minor repairs. However, if you have had multiple repairs over the last 24 months, it may be more cost-effective to install a new unit.
  • Your furnace, boiler or air conditioner starts clanging, squealing, whistling or making other odd noises. A healthy HVAC system should be pretty quiet.
  • Is your blower running all the time? A continually running blower may be a sign of other, more serious problems. It's always smart to have your system checked.

What's the Useful Life of a Water Heater?

Just as you want to know that you'll be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, it's important to know that you'll have hot water when you step in the shower or run the dishwasher. Your water heater, like your HVAC system, has a limited life. Most water heaters are designed to last for about 10 years.

How Do You Know If Your Water Heater Should Be Replaced?

With your water heater, here are the things to look for to determine whether it's time for a new one:

  • The water is not as hot or takes longer to heat up
  • You can visibly observe leaks or drips from any part of the water heater
  • There are signs of rust or corrosion on the unit
  • There's a lot of sediment in your water heater. To test, compare a glass of hot water from the tap with a glass of cold water from the same spigot. If the hot water is brown or cloudy, but the cold water is clear, that can be a sign there's sediment in your tank, which can have a negative impact on the efficiency of your unit.

Experienced Technicians — Heating, Cooling and Water Heaters — Brick, New Jersey

If you have questions or concerns about your heating system, cooling system or water heater, we can help. Our team of professionals offers extensive knowledge of heating systems, cooling systems, and water heaters, and can thoroughly and accurately assess and diagnose your problem. We offer a wide range of HVAC services, from the installation of new units to servicing of existing furnaces, boilers, and air conditioning units. We also install water heaters.

NJR Home Services—Experienced Brick HVAC and Water Heater Professionals

Need licensed, knowledgeable and experienced service technicians to repair or service your HVAC system in Brick, New Jersey or the surrounding communities? Contact NJRHS online or call us toll-free at 877-466-3657. We'll answer any questions you may have and can schedule an appointment for a no-obligation quote.


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