Is It Time To Replace Your Heating System?

7 Telltale Signs It’s Time For An Upgrade!

furnace upgrade marylandHow has your home’s furnace or boiler been working this winter, especially after the recent cold snap and nor’easter here in Southern Maryland?

If this question worries you, you may be facing having to replace your home’s heating system. The best time to do this is before it breaks down, so you have time to research and plan for replacement instead of having to move fast and feel rushed.

The equipment experts at Taylor can help you through the entire process, from making sure you choose the right boiler or furnace for your home, to installation, maintenance, and repair by our trained and experienced service technicians. We also offer financing options through Wells Fargo.

With Taylor, you get the reliable propane delivery your new heating system will need.

If you’re not sure about this, here are some dead giveaways that the time for replacement is near.

The Age Of Your Furnace Or Boiler

If your heating system is 15 years old or older, you’re on borrowed time even if it has been well-maintained.

Big Energy Bills

Are your energy costs going up compared with previous winters? Furnaces and boilers lose efficiency over the years, especially if they haven’t received annual maintenance. Upgrading to a new heating system pays off from the first day it’s turned on. Today’s propane furnaces and boilers are remarkably more efficient than just a decade or two ago, with efficiencies reaching up to 98%. That means up to 98 cents of every dollar you spend on energy for heating goes towards heating your home, with almost nothing being lost in combustion.

Unusual Noises

As furnaces or boilers get older, you’ll likely hear them make odd noises, especially if they are nearing end-of-life. These noises include clicking, banging, squealing, booming, popping, and rattling. Or, if you have a furnace, you may be heating the blower continuously running. If you’re hearing these noises, contact us to request a service call. Our service technicians can help you determine your next steps.

If You Smell Gas Near Your Heating Equipment

This is potentially dangerous. Contact us IMMEDIATELY. Heating systems sometimes develop small, slow leaks as they age. Often, these leaks are difficult and expensive to repair, making replacing your furnace or boiler more cost-effective than fixing it.

Your Furnace Or Boiler Needs More Repairs

As a heating system ages, problems can become more frequent. If you are needing service calls more often, and repair bills are going up, it’s time to think about replacement. A good guideline is that if repairs cost more than half of what replacement would cost, it makes better fiscal sense to replace. You’ll get a newer, more efficient system that, with proper maintenance, will run smoothly for years to come.

Heating Is Uneven

If some rooms in your home are warm while others are not, it’s a sign that your furnace or boiler is struggling with the demand of heating your home. Our service technicians can help you decide between repairing or replacing it.

The Flame Is Yellow

This is also a danger sign. The propane flame in your heating system should be blue. A yellow flame can mean:

Carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless, and potentially lethal, as it replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells, starving vital organs like your lungs, heart, and brain of oxygen.

Gas leak. As said earlier, this is dangerous. Leaking propane gas in your home can cause fires or explosions.

Improper combustion. Your heating system is operating inefficiently, and parts may be damaged.

If you see your furnace’s or boiler’s flame is yellow, contact us RIGHT AWAY.

You can trust Taylor for expert heating system installation, service, and repair. Contact us today to get started!