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Knowledgeable HVAC Professionals in Parsippany, New Jersey

When Should Your Furnace, Boiler or Air Conditioner Be Replaced?

Whether it's a smoldering summer day or a sub-zero night in the middle of winter, there's great satisfaction in the knowledge that your furnace/boiler and air conditioner are there to keep your home comfortable — toasty in February and cool in mid-July. As a result, if you're like most people, you take great care to ensure that your filters are changed and that you perform all other routine homeowner maintenance. Nonetheless, your HVAC system has a useful life — at some point, you'll need to replace your heating or cooling system. But you don't want to wait too long and be without heat or air conditioning for any length of time. It's important to know both how long you can expect your system to work, as well as the telltale signs that your system will need to be replaced in the near future.

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.

Knowing When to Replace Your HVAC System

Here's something else you need to know — your heating and cooling systems are designed to work together. Accordingly, if you replace one, especially with a different-sized unit, you'll want to replace the other. Installing a new AC unit that complements your new furnace will maximize your air flow, leading to lower energy costs. You'll also reduce the risk that your coil will freeze, an expense that will likely come out of your own pocket (most manufacturers don't provide any type of warranty on "coil-only" replacement). The advances in technology alone, though, can make it a good idea to replace both your heating and cooling systems — the HVAC units available today are generally more efficient than those offered just 10 years ago.

What Signs Should I Look for to That My HVAC System Needs to Be Replaced

Here are some to changes you may notice as your HVAC system gets near the end of its useful life:

  • Higher heating or cooling bills— As a furnace, boiler or air conditioner ages, it loses some of its efficiency, requiring more energy to produce the same amount of climate control. If you've had significant increases in energy costs without a dramatic change in the weather, your system may be starting to fail
  • A greater frequency of service calls. If you've had to call more than once for service (other than routine maintenance), that may be a sign that your system is breaking down. Your furnace, boiler and air conditioner all have a lot of moving parts, which are subject to normal wear and tear.
  • Strange noises—A healthy system shouldn't clang, bang, squeal, screech, whistle or rattle
  • If your blower is running all the time, it's not necessarily a sign that your whole unit needs to be replaced. A continually running blower may be connected to a more serious issue, so it's always a good idea to have a thorough inspection.

What's the Reasonable Useful Life of My Water Heater?

It's difficult to imagine what life would be like without the ability to take a hot shower, run the dishwasher or keep your clothes clean. But, like your HVAC system, you water heater also has a life expectancy. For most water heaters, that's around 10 years.

How Do I Know When My Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced?

Here are the things to look for as your water heater reaches the end of its useful life:

  • Problems with water temperature. You can't get the water as hot as before or it takes a much longer period of time to get hot
  • Drips or leaks. There are puddles or water stains under or around the water heater.
  • Rust or corrosion. Rust and corrosion may be a sign the metal in your water heater tank is breaking down.
  • Sediment buildup. Every water heater collects some sediment at the bottom of the tank, regardless of the quality of the water. Pour a glass of cold water and a glass of hot water and look at the two side by side. If your hot water is cloudy or discolored, but the cold water is clear, you have a sediment problem. If it's not too bad, you can have the system flushed. However, the more sediment you have, the less efficient your water heater will be. Sometimes the sediment can't be removed with a flush. That's a good sign you should replace the unit.

Home Heating, Cooling and Water Heater Systems — Parsippany, New Jersey

At NJRHS, we have a broad knowledge of heating, cooling and water heater matters. We offer a wide range of HVAC services, including installation, inspection, maintenance and repair. We also install and service water heaters.

NJR Home Services — Experienced Parsippany HVAC and Water Heater Contractors

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