Whether you’re dealing with a heater that isn’t providing the comfort it once did or if your system has completely failed, having a heating contractor that’s repaired virtually every make and model you can rely on can give you peace of mind knowing that you’re in good hands.
KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning has provided award-winning, guaranteed central heating installation and repair to residents in Palm Springs and beyond.
Besides offering award-winning heater installation, we also offer expert air conditioner repair. Contact us for more information.
Signs You Need Heating Replacement
A central heating installation is expensive, which is why most homeowners opt to repair their aging systems to keep them going for as long as possible. However, like any machine, your heater has a finite lifespan. Eventually, it makes more financial sense to bite the bullet and purchase a new system instead of sinking more money into your old one. Here’s how to know when replacing is better than repairing.
Higher Utility Bills
While you can extend the lifespan of your heater with routine maintenance, all heating systems lose efficiency as they age, which means higher utility bills for you. If your electricity or gas bill has suddenly shot up, it could mean that your heater can’t keep up anymore, and you're wasting energy and money trying to keep it going.
Depending on how old your home is, your heater could be over 25 years old, which is well past the lifespan of the average heating system. If your heater is over 15 years old, it’s better to replace it with a higher efficiency model.
Yellow Burner Flame
If you have a gas furnace, then anything other than a blue burner flame means there’s a problem. When the flame burns yellow, it could mean the system produces too much carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. To ensure the safety and health of your family, replace your heater if the flame burns yellow.
It’s common for heaters to make strange noises as they get older as parts wear out and break. If your system starts squealing, grinding, or rattling, it could be the motor bearings or a problem with the motor assembly. Depending on the age of the system, it may be more economical to replace it than to fix the broken parts.
Frequency of Repairs
If you’ve had significant heater repairs over the last few years, it’s easy to spend as much fixing your system as for a replacement. When a system gets so old that you’re shelling out hundreds of dollars every season to keep it going, you’re better off spending that money on a new unit.
If you’re unsure whether now is the right time for heating replacement, contact us for a no-obligation inspection.
When to Call a Heating Contractor
While most people understand the importance of a well-maintained HVAC system for keeping them comfortable all season long, many don’t take the time to do the work themselves or hire a heating contractor to ensure their systems are running in top form. Failing to maintain your HVAC system can lead to various problems, and while not all of them require a call to an HVAC contractor for immediate repair, here are a few situations you shouldn’t ignore.
The Room is Too Hot
The first sign that something is wrong with your HVAC system is if your room is uncomfortably hot, and messing with the thermostat doesn’t help. Another issue related to this is if you have inconsistent temperatures between rooms, such as if the bedroom is overwhelmingly hot while the living room is freezing.
You Hear Strange Noises Coming From Your System
Like most machines, if you suddenly start hearing noises you’ve not heard before, it could mean you have a problem that could become a catastrophe if you don’t take care of it now. While strange noises don't necessarily mean that you have to call a pro for help, it’s best to get a second opinion as to what’s going on and whether you need to fix it now or if it can wait.
Another typical sign that your HVAC system might need servicing is if you notice weaker than usual airflow from one or more vents in the house. Again, this doesn’t always mean that you need emergency help; sometimes, the issue is that something is blocking a vent, or you have an air filter that needs changing. However, once you’ve checked the apparent causes and you’re still having issues, then you’re better off calling a professional for an inspection to find out what the problem is.
Your System Requires Frequent Repairs
Just like other appliances, your HVAC system wears out as it ages and eventually reaches a point where it makes more sense to replace it than to continue throwing money at it in repairs. A good rule of thumb is that if you need major repairs every six months or so, then you’re better off biting the bullet and getting a new system.
To find out if your HVAC system is in proper working shape, call one of our experienced technicians for an inspection.
To get the best out of your HVAC system, let us help you keep your air ducts clean.
We’re a Daikin Comfort Professional
There are many brands of heaters and HVAC systems on the market. Still, we prefer Daikin because the company is dedicated to meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations by offering technologically advanced products and backing them up with some of the best warranties in the business.
At KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we’re a recognized Daikin Comfort Professional, which means you get the best, longest-lasting comfort for your home by highly trained professionals who undergo continuing education to stay on top of the latest information and technology available to serve you better.
To become recognized as a Daikin Comfort Professional, the contractor must provide customer service at the highest level, business integrity, and technical competency. Put simply, both Daikin and KC’s 23 ½ Hour Plumbing & Air Conditioning are committed to your satisfaction for as long as you own the system.