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Should You Repair Or Replace Your Heater

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Your heater has been having trouble lately and it has left you cold and, well, annoyed. You have every right to be annoyed too. You expect your system to keep up with your home comfort needs so when it fails at that job it is frustrating, to say the least.

This is especially true if it feels like you just got it repaired recently. If you did get your system fixed recently though it may be time to stop and reassess. Do you need another repair or is it time to replace an aging heater on its way out? Let’s look at some of the signs that it is time to let go of your old heater rather than trying to repair it again.

Can You Just Do Repairs?

Let’s start with the best-case scenario. Your heater is acting up and needs repairs. Here are some of the indicators that will let you know if and when repairs are still going to cut it.

  • You haven’t needed repairs in about three years: Frequency of your repair needs is a good way to figure out what service you need. If you haven’t needed repairs for a few years and an issue just popped up, there is a chance that a repair will be enough to resolve the problem.
  • You’ve gotten maintenance each year: Heating system maintenance helps keep it in better condition for a lot longer. If you’ve been able to get maintenance scheduled for your heater each year consistently, then it is likely that a repair will be enough to keep things running.
  • The system is under 10 years old: Age is another indicator of the condition your heater may be in. If you heater is under 10 years old and has gotten regular maintenance, you likely will be okay with repairs to get your system back in order.

When You Need to Upgrade Your Heater

One day your heater is going to need to be replaced. It simply won’t be worth it to keep around a system that doesn’t work right. Here’s how to tell that you need to schedule a heater replacement in Springfield.

  • Your heater is 10 to 15 years old: As we said, age is a big indicator for your heater. A heating system that is between 10 and 15 years old is one that will likely need to be replaced sooner than later, even if it is still able to run.
  • The system needs repairs yearly: If your system needed repairs this year, last year and the year before that, you should start preparing to have it replaced.
  • The cost of repairs has gotten too high: Another indicator to watch for is the cost of the repairs. If you multiply the cost of your repair by the number of years you’ve had your heater and it equals more than 5000, it is worthwhile to replace rather than repair the system.
  • Your heater simply can’t make heat anymore: Last but not least, if your heater has been repaired and maintained recently but still can’t produce heat, it is time to say goodbye.

Whether you need a repair or a replacement, you can come to us. Contact McDaniel Service, Inc to schedule a visit. Service is our middle name.

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