The lifespan of a heater depends on how often it is used and the amount of maintenance it receives during its lifetime. On average, heaters last 15-20 years before they need to be replaced. Some heaters may need to be replaced before the 15 year mark depending on the amount of use they receive. Heaters tend to begin to diminish in efficiency around year 10 and many homeowners make the decision to have an early replacement. As a heater's efficiency diminishes, energy bills can rise because the heater has to work harder to heat the house.
Heater/Furnace Replacement & Installation Services
If your heating system is getting close to the end of its life, seems to break down a lot, or doesn’t evenly heat the house, the time may have come for a new heater. Our home heating experts can help you decide if now is the best time for heater replacement and explore the options for energy-efficient, eco-friendly heating solutions for your home.
We offer quality equipment and professional installation of:
- High-efficiency furnaces
- Heat pumps
- Residential zoning systems
- Ductless mini split systems
When Do I Need Heating/Furnace Repair Service in Indiana?
During the freezing winter months, homeowners and their families rely on their furnaces to provide warmth all season long. But when the heating unit malfunctions or stops working entirely, your comfort and peace of mind is significantly disrupted. However, there are certain warning signs to be mindful of before a furnace breaks down.
The following are the most common signs you need heating repair service:
- Faulty thermostat – Your HVAC’s thermostat regulates when the heat from your furnace turns on and the amount of heat generated. If your thermostat is set at a warm temperature but you still feel cold, this is a telltale sign that your furnace needs to be repaired since the unit won’t heat your home as intended and your fan might operate at the wrong time.
- Strange noises – While heating units are not necessarily quiet, loud and persistent noises could mean that there is a serious issue. Squealing and whistling noises may indicate a problem with the belt or fan, while banging and groaning could mean a loose or broken internal component. Do your best to describe the noises to the HVAC technician.
- Unpleasant odors – If you notice any foul smells coming through your air vents, there may be a problem with your heating unit. If you notice the smell of smoke or burning rubber whenever you turn on the furnace, there could be an issue with your heater’s electrical components.
- Inadequate heat – If your furnace is producing a low amount of heat or no heat whatsoever despite the thermostat settings, you may need to have your unit repaired. Common causes of inadequate heat include faulty thermostats and leaking ductwork.
- Frequent cycles – When the air throughout your home is too cold, the furnace automatically turns on in order to regulate the temperature in your house. Yet, if your unit frequently cycles, then this could be a sign of a malfunction. Common causes include thermostat issues, overheating, and having an oversized heater. Frequent cycles in the long run can permanently damage your furnace.
- Yellow pilot light – The pilot light within the furnace should be a bright blue color. If it appears yellow, this could be an indication of a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous and deadly gas. Common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, blurry or double vision, dizziness, confusion, nausea, fatigue, and vomiting.
- The furnace will not turn on – The most obvious sign of repair or even replacement is when your unit won’t startup. First, check to see if the thermostat is on and set to heat, see if the fan inside the unit works, check the gas supply by testing other gas-related appliances in your home, and then see if the pilot light is still on.
- Increased energy bills – If your monthly energy costs are skyrocketing, it is a common sign of a worn-out heating unit that requires repairs or replacement. Increased energy bills generally mean that your furnace is not working efficiently.
Our licensed and experienced HVAC technicians can thoroughly inspect your furnace, determine the causes of the issues, and make the necessary repairs. However, if repairing your unit will not completely resolve the problem, we may recommend you replace it.
Seasonal Heater/Furnace Maintenance
When you’re getting your home ready for winter, don’t forget the heating system. At Jake’s Heating, Air & Plumbing, we provide maintenance for all types of residential heating equipment. Whether you need a tune-up for your heat pump or cleaning and an annual safety inspection for your furnace, we have the experience needed to inspect your system, check the components, and make sure you are ready for winter.
Stay on top of heater maintenance to enjoy benefits that include:
- Reliable heat all winter long
- Increased comfort
- Energy savings
- Lower heating costs
- Less frequent breakdowns
- Improved safety
- Better air quality
- Extended heating system life
During your seasonal maintenance visit, your technician will perform a thorough safety inspection, change the filter, clean and test the system and airflow, lubricate moving parts, check connections and tighten any loose connections, and make sure the heater is running at optimal performance. If we find any potential issues, we will inform you of the problem and recommend repair, when necessary.