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When Should I Replace My Heating System?

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A properly installed heating oil- or propane-fired heating system could last 15 years or more if it is maintained by professionals. But eventually, even well cared-for equipment will eventually wear down – and if you wait too long to replace it, you may find yourself throwing good money after bad on a heating system that’s past its prime.

But how long is “too long?”

Choosing whether to repair or replace heating equipment isn’t always easy, because new equipment can be a big investment – but there are signs to watch for that might suggest that going down the path of a heating system upgrade.

Consider replacing your heating equipment if:

  • It’s just plain old – Your furnace may still function after 20 years, but that doesn’t mean you should not upgrade. The fact is, your old furnace may be running at half its original nameplate efficiency; if that is true, replacing it with a new, high efficiency system could pay for itself in just a few years. In the meantime, you will feel more comfortable and worry less about a sudden winter breakdown.
  • It doesn’t work the way it used to – Eventually, your furnace won’t be able to heat your home they way it should, even after heating system maintenance or repairs; replacement could be your best (or perhaps only) option.
  • Your energy bills are rising – If you have noticed rising energy bills compared to previous years despite relatively stable fuel prices, it could mean that the efficiency of your equipment is suffering – something that happens steadily as your furnace nears the end of its lifespan.
  • You are scheduling more frequent repairs – If your routine maintenance calls have turned into routine repair calls, your equipment probably has some fundamental problems that could be costly or even impossible to fix. If you have older equipment, it’s probably time for a heating system upgrade.

As with any home comfort equipment choice, your best bet when considering whether to repair or replace your heating system is to educate yourself as much as possible about your options – and the best way to do it is to contact an experienced heating professional like Ehrhart Energy.

Our experts will assess your heating needs, make recommendations for your upgrade, and install your heating equipment quickly and neatly so you can get back to enjoying your warm, comfortable Finger Lakes-area home. With amazingly efficient, eco-friendly options such as indoor gas heaters, pellet boilers and pellet stoves, propane hearth products, and more, we will help you find the solution that works for your space, budget, and home.

If you live in our Finger Lakes service area, there’s only one choice for reliable heating equipment installation and service: Ehrhart Energy. Contact us today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on high efficiency heating equipment – or to become an Ehrhart heating oil or propane customer.