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Proven HVAC and Water Heater Technicians—Manalapan, New Jersey

How Long Should a Furnace, Boiler or Air Conditioner Last?

Whether we're trying to stay warm on a frigid winter night or trying to keep cool on a sweltering summer day, we're thankful for our home heating and cooling systems. Because of the critical role they play in maximizing the comfort we experience in our homes, most of us carefully monitor our heating and cooling systems, changing the filters on a regular basis and performing all other routine homeowner maintenance. Unfortunately, though, furnaces/boilers and air conditioners are complex mechanical devices that simply break down over a period of years. Regardless of how well-maintained they are, they'll still need to be replaced at some point. The important questions – when will the HVAC system need to be replaced and how will we know?

At NJR Home Services, 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.

Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace or Air Conditioner?

Before we look at the factors that suggest a new HVAC system may be warranted, though, it's important to address another matter. You may not know it, but your home heating and cooling systems are designed and built to work cooperatively. Accordingly, there are significant benefits to replacing both at the same time. If you install an air conditioner that complements your furnace, you can maximize air flow and reduce your energy costs. In addition, you can decrease the likelihood that your coil will freeze and you'll have to pay for a new one (most manufacturers don't offer warranties on "coil-only" replacement). Nonetheless, the advances in technology over the last 10 years may make replacing both your best option — the units available today can be more efficient than those being manufactured just a decade ago.

What Are the Telltale Signs That an HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced?

Here are some questions to ask to determine whether your heating and cooling system is near the end of its useful life:

  • Have your energy bills gone up even though there's been no change in the weather? That may mean your furnace, boiler or air conditioner is losing its efficiency, requiring that it work harder to produce the same level of climate control.
  • Have you had the system repaired more than once in the last two years? Heating and cooling systems are made of a large number of moving parts, all of which wear out after a while. It's fairly common to have to replace a part, but if the frequency increases or if you have to make a second major repair, you may find it more cost-effective to install a new unit.
  • Is your HVAC banging, clanging or making other strange noises? A healthy HVAC system shouldn't squeal, screech, whistle, bang, clang or rattle.
  • Is your blower running continuously? While replacing a blower can be easy and relatively inexpensive, a continually running blower may be a sign of more serious problems.

How Long Should a Water Heater to Function Efficiently?
Let's face it – there's little that compares to the discomfort of a cold shower. Your water heater is like your HVAC system, though — it won't last forever. In most instances, the useful life of most water heaters is approximately 10 years.

How Can You Tell If A Water Heater Should Be Replaced?

Here are some of the things you will typically observe when your water heater gets near the end of its useful life:

  • Your water won't be as hot or it will take longer to get hot water.
  • You'll observe water stains or even puddles under or near the water heater. The leak may be evidence that the tank has been compromised and needs to be replaced.
  • There's rust or corrosion anywhere on the unit. This may be evidence that your tank is deteriorating.
  • Sediment buildup — Even if you have very good water, you can expect some sediment or mineral buildup. The more sediment you have, the less efficient your water heater will be. Pour a glass of cold water and a glass of hot water. If the cold water is clear, but the hot water is cloudy or discolored, that’s evidence of sediment in your tank.

Experienced Heating, Cooling and Water Heater Specialists in Manalapan, New Jersey

At NJRHS, we offer a wide range of services for your HVAC system, including installation of new units, servicing of existing furnaces, boilers, and air conditioning units, and most types of repairs. We also install and service water heaters.

NJR Home Services—Experienced Manalapan HVAC and Water Heater Contractors

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