The heating system in your home will reach a point where it will need to be replaced and upgraded. While this is a project that most homeowners will eventually need to do, they may find themselves poorly informed and ill-prepared to oversee this particular home improvement project.
Aging Heating Systems Can Pose A Safety Threat
A common mistake that homeowners will make with their aging heating system is failing to appreciate the potential safety hazards that this could pose.
With winter weather right around the corner, it's important that you're well informed about the operation and condition of your heating system. As such, the following are six incorrect assumptions homeowners sometimes make about their heating system.
Continuing to use an old heating system is cheaper than replacing it.
As a heating system ages, it can become significantly less efficient. This means that it will consume more energy and drive up utility costs.
Although forced-air heating is typical in many newer homes, steam boilers are still exceptionally common across multiple regions on the east coast. Steam heating systems are efficient and often long-lasting, which is why so many older homes still use steam radiators. However, ensuring your system lasts for as long as possible means keeping up with your annual maintenance.
While you can attempt to do some aspects of maintenance on your own, it's often a better idea to schedule a visit with a professional HVAC technician at least once per year.
Though an air conditioner improves air quality and comfort in your home, it requires proper maintenance to ensure optimal performance. You may not reap maximum benefits from the system if you do not service it regularly.
Keep in mind that even a newly installed air-conditioning system will require routine servicing for better performance. Ignoring timely maintenance and repair of your AC could lead to the following consequences.
Your AC Will Experience Frequent Breakdowns
The refrigerant is a vital component in your air conditioner, as this is what circulates through the system and removes the heat from the air — effectively creating the cold air that blows into your home. If the refrigerant leaks out, your AC unit will no longer cool your home properly.
Refrigerant should circulate in a closed system, which means it doesn't leak out, get used up, or typically require refilling.