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Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Heater

December 29, 2022 | Blog

Are you noticing some changes in the performance of your heater? Unfortunately, with unpredictable weather comes unpredictable home energy costs and HVAC performance. You shouldn’t be left wondering if your heater is too old to function! Heater replacement can lower your energy prices and allow for better performance.

Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in Hueytown, Alabama is here to help you know when your system should be replaced! By getting heater tune-ups and regular preventative maintenance, you can know the state of your system and take actions that will save you money and stress in the future! When a heater begins to age, it can cost you more in energy bills and repairs. Here are some telltale signs that it is time for a new unit.

Older Units

If you inherit an HVAC system from your house, it can be easy to forget to check its efficiency and age. This means that possibly thousands of homeowners are operating on older units! Older units have lower SEER ratings, meaning it costs more to generate less heat. The Department of Energy has mandated that all newer furnaces have a SEER rating of 13. Older appliances will have a SEER rating of about 9 or 10, costing you more money for a worse performance.

A lower SEER rating is a great indicator of your heater lifespan. Older units are going to need more repairs, which cost more money over time. If you’re noticing you’re investing in frequent furnace repairs, it may be time to invest in a new heater altogether. This way, you will have a higher SEER rating and reliability together.

Visible Damage

There are a lot of ways that furnaces can take damage over time, but an excessive amount means you need to replace it. Most damage occurs due to the location of the furnace in the house. Keep your eyes out for the following types of damage, as they mean you might need a heater replacement.


Noises coming from the furnace are a good indicator that it is beginning to take damage. These noises can be rattling, buzzing and humming. Usually, placing a furnace on an uneven surface can result in damage, and the noise you hear is from loose or broken parts.


Rust can form quickly on heaters and can affect their efficiency, especially on the inside. On the outside, it can cause the corrosion of metal, breaking your machine permanently. Generally, this damage occurs because of excess moisture around the heater. The best way to prevent rusting and corrosion is by keeping your heater in a dry place.


Cracking is a very dangerous issue with your heater. This form of damage can lead to chemical and gas leakage, which can make your family sick fast. If you notice cracking and strange sounds coming from your heater, remove your family from the house. This problem is often caused by overuse of the system or age, and can only be resolved by a technician with training.

Ready For Professional Furnace Installation?

While getting an entire heating system replaced seems like a hassle, it’s certainly worth it! Whether you’re looking for lower energy bills or just simply trying to keep your home safe, Hueytown heater installation is only one call away. With Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we make it our mission to make HVAC accessible for all Hueytown homes. Call today to schedule your furnace replacement!


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