When Do You Need a New Heater?

Heating systems are designed to last for many years, and it can be tough determining when you need a new one. Generally, once the warranty has expired, you should keep an eye on its performance and make a move to replace it when you feel that it’s no longer capable of doing the job. But regular servicing can extend the life of a given system well past its expiration date, and a system’s longevity can vary greatly depending on the specific use of your system.

Only you can decide when your heater needs replacing. However, we use a basic checklist to help homeowners make that call. If your heating system displays two or more of the following three conditions, you should seriously think about a replacement.


As systems get older, they become less efficient, which means it costs more for them to run on a month-to-month basis. Regular maintenance can slow that process down, but an older system will invariably cost more to run than a newer one. If your monthly bills are starting to pinch your pocketbook, a new system may be in order.


If an older system breaks down more than once or twice in a given 12-month period, it’s usually a sign that it’s on its last legs. Alternatively, it could only break down once, but the cost of repairs is high enough that a new unit is preferable to throwing good money after bad.


Again, some heaters can last well past their warranty expiration date, and if yours is still running fine, more power to you. But if the warranty has expired and you encounter either of the two issues mentioned above, that’s usually enough to justify the purchase of a new system ASAP.

For quality heating replacement services throughout the Portland, OR area, call on Western Heating & Cooling today!