HVAC manufacturers and the Department of Energy recommend that you should replace your HVAC system after its expected service life of 15 years. But with systems as expensive as they are, most people have a hard time replacing something that isn’t broken. However, you certainly don’t want to be without heat during the winter! There are 5 signs your heater may be going out…take a look!

  1. Exhaust smell in your living space could indicate a bad heat exchanger.
  2. Another symptom of a bad heat exchanger is soot around heat registers in the house or around the furnace itself.
  3. The heat exchanger could have a hole if you find water under your furnace or corrosion in your unit. This could potentially result in dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide in your home, so make sure that you have a functioning detector.
  4. Water on the floor below the boiler indicates there could be a crack in the exchanger (a chamber that holds water).
  5. Rust on the bottom of the boiler unit indicates water damage from outside the appliance.

Repair Or Replace?

When determining whether to repair or replace your unit, consider operating cost. For example, consider a damaged unit that is 7 or 8 years old (about half of the expected service life). Depending on the cost of a repair, it may be in your best interest to replace the unit entirely. If you repair the system, you’ll have a system that runs at the same efficiency for another 7-8 years. If you choose to replace, you can choose a more efficient system that saves you money in energy bills for approximately 15 years.

Whether you decide to repair or replace, the professionals at Bosworth are happy to diagnose the problem, answer any questions you may have, and determine the best fix for you. Contact us online 24/7 or call 432-570-5233!