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

How Long Should Your Home Heating or Cooling System Last?

The ability to almost immediately warm your house in the winter — or cool it in the summer — most people would agree that there's little that contributes more to comfort in the home. If you're like most of us, because of the essential role your furnace/boiler and air conditioner play in making your house a home, you pay close attention to your HVAC system, regularly changing the filters and performing all other routine homeowner maintenance. But even with the most meticulous care and attention, all HVAC systems have a useful life. How do you know when it's time to stop putting money into repairs and install a new system?

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.

Should You Replace Your Furnace or AC Unit?

Before answering this question, it's important to address another concern — should you replace your air conditioner when you replace your furnace or boiler? In most instances, the answer is yes. Though you may not know it, your heating and cooling systems are designed to work in tandem with each other. If you install a new furnace with a capacity that complements your AC unit, you'll maximize airflow and reduce your energy costs. Furthermore, you'll minimize the likelihood that your coil may freeze — an expense you'll likely have to pay for out-of-pocket, as most manufacturers don't offer warranties for "coil-only" replacement. A further incentive—the HVAC systems on the market today are more efficient than those available just a decade ago. Installing a new furnace and a new air conditioner can dramatically reduce your heating and cooling bills.

Determining the right time to replace your heating and cooling systems can be a tricky matter. On the one hand, you don't want to replace everything while you still have significant useful life on your existing systems. On the other hand, you don't want to put it off until it's an emergency — you may end up without climate control for days.

How Will You Know Your HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced?

As your system starts to age, keep an eye out for these telltale signs:

  • You're making a lot of repairs or spending a lot of money to keep the unit alive. HVAC systems are made of a number of moving parts, subject to natural wear and tear, so you can expect to replace parts as your unit gets older. However, if you've had frequent or expensive repairs in the last two years, it may be more economical to replace the system.
  • You are paying more in monthly energy bills. As your HVAC system ages, it's going to lose some of its efficiency, so cost more to maintain the same level of climate control.
  • You hear bangs and clangs and noises coming from the unit. Your unit shouldn't squeal, whistle, screech, rattle or make other odd sounds.
  • 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.

How Long Should I Expect My Water Heater to Function Efficiently?

Whether you're running the dishwasher, washing clothes or taking a shower, there's little more frustrating than lukewarm or cold water. But your water heater is like your furnace, boiler or air conditioner — it won't last forever. In fact, its useful life is typically about half that of your HVAC system — around 10 years.

How Can I Tell If My Water Heater Should Be Replaced?

Here are some of the things you'll start to notice when your water heater needs to be replaced:

  • Temperature issues. You can't get the water as hot as you want it or it takes a substantially longer amount of time to get hot water
  • Drips or leaks. Look under or around the bottom of your water heater. If there are puddles or water stains, you may have a leak.
  • Your tank starts to break down. Look for rust or corrosion anywhere on your tank — that's a clear sign that the metal is deteriorating. Unfortunately, there's no fix for that, other than the installation of a new water heater.
  • Accumulation of sediment or mineral deposits. Every water heater gathers sediment and mineral deposits — it's typically a greater problem with well water or hard water. The more sediment you have, the less efficient your water heater will be. In some instances, you can drain and flush the tank to remove some or most of the sediment. Often, though, the best course of action is to replace the water heater. Pour a glass of cold water and a glass of hot water and compare the two. If the cold water is clear, but the hot water is discolored or murky, that's evidence of a sediment buildup in your tank.

Experienced Heating, Cooling and Water Heater Specialists

At NJRHS, we offer comprehensive heating, cooling and water heater services, and products to homeowners throughout Marlboro, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities. 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 Marlboro HVAC and Water Heater Contractors

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