When it comes to heating your home in Los Angeles, it’s sometimes difficult to recognize when you need to replace an old heater. Los Angeles enjoys one of the best climates in the country, one that’s envied almost everywhere, and that means its residents don’t need to rely on heating systems as much as cooling systems. But this also means they tend to neglect their heating systems, and when those cold and rainy days arrive (and they will arrive—no spot on earth has perfect weather) they might discover too late that they should’ve replaced a decrepit heater years ago.
Here are three signs to look for that will tell you a new heater may be in your future. JW Heating and Air is ready to help when the time is right for your new Los Angeles, CA heating installation.
1. Continuous noisy operation
Rattling, humming, grinding, groaning, clicking… you don’t want to hear this sort of racket coming from your heater during its normal operation. An occasional odd sound often means you need to get a specific repair done. But when the sound comes in a continuous flow, with an especially loud start-up, then it’s a common sign of parts that have worn down so much they can no longer run efficiently.
2. Inflated heating bills
You should keep a watch on your energy bills from month to month, because it is a quantifiable way to identify an issue in your home’s comfort system. During times when you use your heater, pay attention to its regular cost per month: if it suddenly spikes, you’ll need to look into it for possible repair needs. But if it rises and does not come back down regardless of maintenance, it’s another sign that the heater is getting close to the end of its lifespan.
3. Inefficient heating
An old heater will struggle to reach its target temperature. Sometimes it will make it, but at the cost of straining and prematurely aging its components. But when it gets too old, it won’t make the target temperature at all. Lowered heating can come from other issues that professional repair will remedy, but if your technician has made multiple visits and the problem persists, ask about whether a full replacement is a more cost-effective move.
Making the choice to get new heating installation in Los Angeles, CA isn’t an easy one—so don’t make it on your own. Have an HVAC technician determine if you should get a new heater, and the best type and size to suit your needs. JW Heating and Air has NATE-certified Los Angeles heating installation technicians who can offer you honest, informed advice about heating installation. Contact us today to speak to one of them.