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Signs You Might Need a Heater Replacement

Heaters don’t last forever. Anyone who has ever owned a house for longer than 15 years should know that. However, sometimes that line between repair and replacement can be blurry and hard to decipher. For homeowners, it’s usually a case of not really wanting to think about a heater system, since the best work a heater can do is leave you comfortable enough where your HVAC worries are far and out of your mind.

The bad news is, there will be repairs and replacements in your future. The silver lining to that bad news is that there are some signs that could point you in the right direction if you’re confused as to which is better.

So, let’s get to the bottom of it. How can we figure out if you need a few simple repairs on your system or a whole new heater replacement in Sewell, NJ?

To Repair or Replace, That is the Question

We’re going to break this blog post down into two sections, each designed in a way that you can clearly see the differences between when you should be looking into a repair or a replacement. The difference could be worth a lot of money to you, so it might be a good idea to pay attention!


Repairs are called for if it’s assumed that your system will keep running efficiently and effectively for a long period of time after the repair is made. This means that your repair investment has to be worth it.

  • Your system is younger than 10 years old. Heaters can last anywhere from 10-15 years (sometimes even 20) depending on the type. That being said, there’s no point in repairing an issue on an old heater that’s nearing the end of its days.
  • You haven’t had much work performed on your system. If your heater has been behaving relatively well for the past few years, a repair might be a cost-effective solution to your heating problems. Infrequent repairs are a good sign of a healthy system.


Issues that jeopardize the lifespan and longevity of the heating system usually should result in a replacement. There’s no point repairing a system that’s just getting older, weaker, and more expensive with each and every year.

  • Your system is older than 10 years old. Generally speaking, there’s a pretty sharp decline in efficiency and effectiveness after about 10-15 years of heater service. At that point, you might be saving more money replacing your old system with a brand-new one.
  • Costly repairs. There’s a good rule of thumb when deciding if you should replace your troubled heater. If the total cost of all the repairs its ever had is equal to half or more of the cost that a brand-new system would be, it’s statistically a better deal to get a replacement. Cut down your future repair cost with a more reliable system for years to come.
  • Frequent repairs. Frequent repairs can be obnoxious and anxiety-inducing. Chances are, they’ll only get worse with your aging heater. A new heating system can make your life less hectic and cost less money in the process.

Make a sound decision when it comes to heating repair and replacement. Contact SPS Mechanical Inc. todayComfort at your service.

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