New Heater Installation for the New Year!
The weather outside is frightful, but the weather inside can only be delightful if the heating is working properly. People often want to allow their heater to limp along until it can no longer function because they are concerned about the expense. While heater installation is not cheap, it ultimately saves homeowners money. This article will discuss the various types of heaters and how to know if a heater is getting ready to stop working.
Warning Signs of a Dying Heater
As previously stated, no one wants to think about heater replacement, but there comes a time when issues with the old heater are very obvious. Only so much can be done when a heating system begins to break down completely. Of course, it will happen gradually, but a few of the problems that come with heater failure include indicators from the following list:
- Age (more than 10 years)
- Banging or popping sounds
- Burning smell
- Constantly turning on and off (short-cycling)
- Gas smell(applicable to furnaces and boilers powered by natural gas)
- Low heat or no heat
- Temperature fluctuations
- Whistling noises
What Should Be the Heater Replacement?
Several types of heaters can be installed, some with older technology and some with brand new. Even those heating systems that have been around for a long time have been improved by modern updates and can prove very useful and efficient for a home. Consulting with an HVAC professional is the best way to determine a particular home's best course of action. Pros and cons of each type of heater are listed below.
- Furnace: This type of heater uses a flame to create heat and a blower to distribute it. They burn cleanly (no emissions) when functioning properly and are fairly easy to service. They can cause a serious hazard if something goes wrong with the fuel line or there is a gas leak.
- Boiler: The technology behind the boiler has been around for a very long time. It is a reliable system that provides heat without affecting air quality. The boiler heats water that is then distributed through a closed system of copper tubing that radiates heat throughout the home via the floor or baseboards. The system can be difficult and invasive to repair if the tubing springs a leak.
- Heat Pump: These highly efficient technological marvels have no direct heat source. They merely pull heat from the air, or from underground(geothermal). They usually are paired with ductless mini splits to create different temperature zones within the home. Though highly efficient, they sometimes have difficulty producing sufficient heat for large open spaces.
Remember Heating Maintenance!
One of the best things a homeowner can do for their heating system is to have regularly scheduled professional service or maintenance. Professionals can keep the system working longer and catch problems before they start, saving money by avoiding emergency services.
About Chad's AC Direct
Chad's AC Direct is all about transparency and leaving their customers in the Montgomery, AL area with no surprises and no mess to clean up. They are available for 24/7 emergency heating service, so give them a call anytime.