Old Heater Needs Replacing

6 Signs Your Old Heater Needs Replacing

We often let our appliances reach the very end of their lifespan before replacement. We put up with years of underperforming heating systems and extra expenses. Why? For no good reason.

Don’t fall into the trap of second best is good enough. When it comes to your home heating you should always have the absolute best.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a portable electric heater, a reverse cycle system or heat pump technology, this is about home comfort and health.

Not sure if it’s time for your heater to be replaced? Take a look at our 6 signs of an old heater and see if it’s time to upgrade yours.

Six Signs You Need a New Heater

Here are six key signs that your old heater is in need of replacing.

1. Increasing Energy Bill Costs

Australian energy bills range from $1300 to $1800 on average, per year. South Australians are spending more at the higher end while Queenslanders enjoy lower expenses on average.

But, despite the changes we all face as energy companies alter prices, have you noticed an unexplained increase in your energy bills? It could be because of your heating, especially if there’s a winter peak.

Even heating systems from 10 years ago are below par compared to current energy efficiency ratings. Anything older than that would underperform even more. So, with your heater using more energy for no benefit, is there really a point in putting up with it?

2. Uneven Heating

This mostly applies to ducted heating which should provide a consistent warmth throughout the house. But if you’re moving around and finding cold spots, you have a problem.

The cause? Well, that could be the fans, heater motor, ductwork or thermostat. Have you got the right-sized heater for the area you’re trying to keep warm?

A thorough service will find the cause However, it could also be time for an upgrade.

3. Frequent Repairs and Maintenance

Say you’ve spotted all the signs and each year you’re calling in an expert for repairs. That’s positive, proactive behaviour.

Except it might not be the best one. If your heater needs regular repairs it might just be best to bite the bullet and purchase a new system.

Frequent repairs show the internal parts are breaking down and have reached the end of their lifespan. After several years of replacements, it really could be better just to swap in a new system.

Not only will it be more efficient, but you can forget about the frequent repairs and attempts to patch it up. This applies to everything from portable electric heaters to fully ducted systems.

Enjoying the warmth of a gas ducted heater

4. Strange Sounds

There are some familiar sounds all heaters make. A consistent hum or the typical sounds of a unit turning on and off. They’re okay.

However, once your heater starts making new sounds, that’s when the problems occur. Listen out for any rattling, banging or squeaking as they are signs of internal trouble in any ducted heater or split system.

The good news is that might not be a sign of serious trouble and a routine service may solve it all. But if the sounds have been going on for years and continue to worsen, there may be some stubborn faults.

5. Gas Leaks or Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Have you or anyone else at home been feeling sick, without a reason? Unexplained symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headaches or even burning eyes are a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Any gas heater, gas furnace, gas appliance (such as a gas hot water system) or wood heating produces carbon monoxide. Normally, a flue or vent will remove carbon monoxide safely. But a leak would put everyone in the home at risk.

Likewise, natural gas is a major health threat. However, the difference is you can smell the rotten egg odour gas produces. Carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless.

This is particularly concerning in an unflued gas heater, but even flued gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide into a

Any gas leak can be repaired, but in an old heating system, the best choice for everyone could be a replacement.

Also, look at installing a carbon monoxide detector or booking regular gas heater services for safety.

6. Physical Signs of Damage

Lastly, have you noticed any signs of physical damage? A heating unit exposed to the elements will take a battering, especially if you live near the beach or face frequent storms.

Reverse cycle air conditioners, for example, have an outdoor unit that takes a lot of punishment during winter months.

While you certainly can’t judge a book by its cover, it’s always worth consideration. If parts of a heater have fallen off or are looking pretty unsightly, the insides won’t be too different.

Choose Metropolitan for All Heater Repairs and Installation

If your heater is worse for wear, call Metropolitan Heating and Cooling.

Our local technicians are fully qualified and highly experienced in all heating systems. From gas log fires to ducted heating and space heaters.

So no matter what issues you face, or the age of your heater, they’ll have the right solution. We can install any brand new heater you provide or supply our own.

And if we’re working with gas, we have fully licensed gas fitters ready to warm your home. You’ll even receive a certificate of compliance so you know the completed work meets all Australian standards.

To know more, or book a Metropolitan Heating and Cooling technician, contact us today.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.

Published: 30 July 2020