Staying warm during the colder months can be a challenge if your heating system isn't working to the best of its abilities or at all. Of course, your heater is likely something that you don't give much thought to until it is in need of repair or replacement. If you want to ensure that your heating system is ready for the chillier months, it's important to keep a few things in mind. Here are three things that you should know about your home's heating system.
How long have you owned your home? Has your heating system been replaced since you purchased your property? If it hasn't, your heating system may be near the end of its typical lifespan. Your heating systems lifespan will vary depending on how well it has been cared for and maintained and also depending on the type of system you have. On average, furnaces will last between 15 and 20 years while boilers can last up to 30 years. If your system is near the end of its typical lifespan, replacement is likely on the horizon. This is why knowing the age of your system is key.
Regular Maintenance is a Must
Another thing to consider is that in order to keep your heating system working well for as long as possible, regular maintenance is a necessity. If you have a furnace, replacing the filter costs around $30 and is a must at least once per year. You will also want to consider yearly furnace inspections, which can catch issues before they turn into costly repairs. These inspections typically cost between $80 and $150 and often include filter replacement and furnace cleaning. Boiler maintenance typically costs between $200 and $350 and is recommended once per year.
The Cost of Repair and Replacement
Eventually, your heating system will require repairs or replacement. Preparing for these costs is essential. On average, heating repair costs between $160 and $268. Heating replacement is typically more expensive. A new boiler will typically set you back between $3,418 and $7,655, with the installation. A new furnace can range between $2,000 and $5,000 for a natural gas system and between $5,000 and $15,000 for a heat pump system. If your heating system is older or breaks often, you may want to start putting aside money for a replacement.
When it comes to your home's heating system, there are a few things that you should know. First, knowing how old your system is can help you determine if replacement will be needed in the near future. Regular maintenance is also key when it comes to your home's heating system. Knowing how much repair or replacement will cost is also helpful. Putting aside money for the future can be a good idea when it comes to your home's heating system.