Buying an older home has a lot of benefits-- older homes have a lot of character and charm, and many older homes were very well constructed with quality materials. One thing to know about living in an older home is that various systems will need to be upgraded, including the heating system. If you live in an older home that has not had its heating system upgraded this century, you will need to make plans to purchase a new heating system and have it installed sooner than later. No one can predict how long a heating system may last-- a well-maintained system may last years longer than a neglected one. Some of the top signs that the heating system in your older home needs to be upgraded include:
Inability to Keep Temperatures Stable
A heating system that is in good repair will be able to keep your entire home at the temperature set on your thermostat. When a heating system begins to break down and near the end of its lifespan, it may begin having trouble keeping the temperature in your home stable. You may notice that your heating system begins cycling on and off more frequently, and may run more often than it used to. Another sign that a heating system is in need of an upgrade is temperature differences in different areas or rooms in your home. If one room is overly warm while another one is freezing, it is usually because the heating system is no longer operating properly.
Repair Bills Begin Piling Up
Upgrading a heating system can be quite a large expense, so it makes sense to have your heating system repaired when a problem arises. However, if you find yourself calling an HVAC company on a regular basis to have your heating system repaired and the bills are beginning to pile up, it may no longer make sense to keep paying to have the heating system repaired. The need for frequent repairs usually means that various components are wearing down and breaking due to age and use after many years.
As a homeowner, you know what your heating system normally sounds like when it is in operation. Thus, if you live in an older home and your heating system begins to make weird noises, such as grinding, screeching, or whining, it often means that your heating system is on its last legs. Don't wait for your heating system to fail completely-- it is much better to upgrade your system in advance so you are not left without heat on a freezing winter night.