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NJR Home Services — Jackson, New Jersey HVAC and Water Heater Technicians

How Do I Know When It's Time to Get a New Furnace, Boiler or Air Conditioner?

There are few things as essential to our comfort in our homes as our furnace/boiler and our air conditioning units – the systems that help us stay warm in the dead of winter or cool down on a hot summer day. If you're like most people, your HVAC system is a priority, so you're careful about changing any necessary filters and conducting all other routine homeowner maintenance.

But your furnace, boiler and air conditioner, even when carefully cared for, won't last forever. It's important to know when it's time to install a new unit – you don't want to replace a unit that still has a significant useful life, but you also don't want to wait too long and find yourself without your heating or cooling system for any length of time. At NJR Home Services (NJRHS), we understand the importance of protecting your home heating and cooling systems. This page addresses important questions to help you actively monitor your heating and cooling systems and make the right decisions.

Before addressing the issue of when to replace a furnace, boiler or air conditioner, though, it's important to understand your heating and cooling systems are intended to work together. If your furnace isn't keeping up and you want to install a powerful unit, you'll need to determine if you also need a new and bigger AC unit. Even though your air conditioner may be working just fine, there can be significant benefits to upgrading both at the same time. For starters, the systems available on the market today are more efficient than those manufactured just 10 years ago. In addition, if your furnace and AC unit complement each other, you'll be able to maximize air flow and reduce energy costs. Furthermore, if you replace your existing air conditioner with a bigger unit, but don't upgrade your furnace or boiler, your coil may freeze and need to be replaced. If that happens, you'll probably have to pay for the replacement out of your own pocket, as most manufacturers don't offer warranties for "coil-only" replacement.

What Can I Look for to Let Me Know My HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced

Here are some of the warning signs that you may need to replace your HVAC system:

  • Your energy bills have gone up significantly without any change in the weather. As your HVAC system ages, it will lose some of its efficiency.
  • Your HVAC system starts making odd noises. A healthy heating and cooling system doesn't rattle, squeal, clang or whistle. If it's making strange sounds, it may be trying to tell you that it's ready to retire.
  • You've called for repairs more than once in the last two years (even if it's a minor repair). Your HVAC system is made of lots of moving parts, all of which tend to break down over time.
  • 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 for My Water Heater?
Like your heating and cooling system, though, your water heater has a limited life. For most water heaters, that's around 10 years.

How to Tell If It's Time to Install a New Water Heater

Here are the things to look for as your water heater starts to age:

  • Changes in temperature. It takes a lot longer for hot water to reach the tap or the water never gets as hot as it used to. Your water heater will lose some of its efficiency and effectiveness as it starts to fail.
  • Drips or leaks. Are there puddles under the water heater? Are there leaks or water spots on or around the water heater? That may be a sign the integrity of the unit has been compromised.
  • Rust or corrosion. Rust and corrosion are chemical reactions that include the breakdown of metal and other parts of the unit.
  • Sediment in the bottom of the tank. Every water heater collects some sediment or minerals. Here's how to know if you have a problem — pour a glass of cold water and a glass of hot water and set the two side by side. If the cold water is clear, but the hot water is murky, discolored or cloudy, there's likely a significant buildup of sediment in your tank. You may be able to flush the tank and extend the useful life, but you may have to replace the unit.

Home Heating, Cooling and Water Heater Professionals in Jackson, New Jersey

If you have questions or concerns about your HVAC or water heater system in the Jackson, New Jersey area, the experienced professionals at NJRHS can help. We have a thorough knowledge of heating and cooling products, as well as water heaters, and will quickly and effectively diagnose your problem. We offer a full range of HVAC services, from installation of new units to servicing of existing furnaces, boilers and air conditioning units, and also install water heaters.

NJR Home Services — Experienced Jackson, New Jersey HVAC Contractors

Need licensed, knowledgeable and experienced service technicians to repair or service your HVAC system in Jackson, 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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