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Heater Repairs or Replacement? This is How to Find Out


You can usually expect your heater to last 15-20 years. If you keep up with maintenance, your heater could even last for closer to 30 years. But there comes a point where repair bills start adding up and you need to think about replacing the unit completely. But how do you know when the time is right?

You want your heater to last as long as possible, but you also have to balance that out with energy efficiency and effectiveness. If you think that you need heater repair in Puyallup, WA, our team is here to help. We can help you weigh the pros and cons of repair versus replacement and make the right decision for you and your family. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about heater repairs and heater replacement.

The 50% Cost Rule

The biggest rule that we suggest you follow when it comes to considering a heater replacement is the 50% cost rule. If any single repair costs half or more of what a new replacement would cost, it makes more sense to replace your heater instead of making the expensive repair. For example, if a new heater costs $5,000 and a single repair is $2,500 you should invest in a new heating unit instead of making the repair.

But there are times when it’s not a single repair. Instead, smaller repairs happen frequently and can add up quickly over time. If you have spent a significant amount of money on repairs in the recent past and have another repair need coming up, it may be time to consider a heater replacement. 

Heater Repairs

Research suggests that repair needs increase sharply in the last two years of a heater’s lifespan. If you are seeing more frequent repairs, it may be that your heater is reaching the end of its life. For example, maybe you have had a repair need pop up here in there, maybe once a year or once every other year. If you are now having to call our team more than once per year, that’s a problem. 

Red flags of heater problems include: 

  • Having the same problem or a similar problem over and over again.
  • Feeling lukewarm or cool air blowing through your air vents instead of hot air.
  • Having rooms that are much warmer or cooler than other areas of your home.
  • A pilot light that is any color other than blue.
  • Unusual sounds or smells that cause concern.

Some of these signs are easy to ignore because you don’t think they’re a big deal. For example, feeling lukewarm air may not bother you if your home is still at a comfortable temperature. But, allowing your heater to continue working inadequately can actually lead to greater problems. One day you may come home to no heat at all, and then your problem is an emergency. If you address the repair need sooner, you can prevent additional damage. 

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today to schedule an appointment! We take your comfort as seriously as you do.

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