When Is It Time to Replace Your Heating System?


There are many warning signs that it’s time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment.

It may be time to call a professional contractor to help you make a change if:

  • Your heat pump is more than 10 years old.

Consider replacing with ENERGY STAR®-qualified equipment that uses 20 percent less energy than new standard models.

  • Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.

Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified boiler that is 10% more efficient.

  • Your equipment needs frequent repairs, and your energy bills are going up.

Your heating equipment may have become less efficient.

  • Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.

Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.

  • Your home has humidity problems.

Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer.

  • Your home has excessive dust.

Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution.

  • Your heating system is noisy.

You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.

 Consumer Tip: You can save hundreds of dollars by installing a new heating system and a new air conditioner at the same time.

Things to Look for When Purchasing a New Heating System


When it’s time for a new heating system, the first thing to research is your fuel source. Ask your heating contractor to estimate costs of different fuel types over the next 5-10 years. Your contractor should be able to walk you through long-term savings vs. short-term investment. You may also be eligible for rebates and/or special financing options.

It’s essential to install a system that is properly sized for your house. Your heating contractor should work with you to determine exactly how much heat is required to heat your home comfortably on the coldest day of the year, and no more. An improperly sized system will lead to higher fuel bills and the premature failure of the system.

Your contractor should also help you evaluate your options and calculate what your energy savings will be with a new, more efficient system. This will help you choose the best option for your home.