“When is it time to replace my ducted gas heater?” … a question we get asked a lot.
People expect heaters to last forever, but in reality, they will not. Most ducted gas heaters need to be replaced due to issues with cracked heat exchangers causing health risks due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning or parts, which are sometimes not economically viable to replace. Here are a few things which should be worth considering if you are thinking its time to replace your ducted gas heater:
Is your ducted heater older than 15 years?
This might be a huge factor, if your ducted heater has not been well maintained. Old heaters usually have a lower efficiency rating also known as “Star Rating”, which means they’re not as efficient as newer models. They may not have features like Digital Controllers (Wi-Fi), Zoning and Fan Speed Control like the new models have which would make your life easier
Are repair costs becoming too expensive?
Most mechanical equipment requires some service from time to time. But if it seems like the technician is visiting every other day to fix the heater, then the cost of a new unit may outweigh the inconveniences and mounting costs.
Your energy bills are higher than usual for no apparent reason.
Wear and tear over the years can result in your ducted heater using much more gas and electricity to do the same job, which you will notice in your utility bills. If your costs are going up even though you’re not using the heater any more than normal, it may be time for a new unit.
Extra “Rules of Thumb”
Even if needed repair costs aren’t quite as daunting as 50%, you might want to replace your system if it’s more than 15 years old or you’ve had a history of problems with it. Also, it might be worthwhile to take advantage of one of several opportunities:
- Convenience – When you purchase a new system, you can avoid the hassle of unexpected repairs down the line, and you don’t have to sit around uncomfortable while waiting for parts.
- Friendlier refrigerant – Due to growing environmental concerns, the Australian government has mandated that all HVAC manufacturers phase R-22 refrigerant-based equipment out of production. In response, Lennox now only manufactures cooling systems with R-410A, an approved, zero ozone depleting refrigerant, so it’s better for the environment.
- Enhanced comfort – Advanced technologies that improve energy efficiency also enhance your comfort, so you can enjoy more even temperatures, better humidity control and a constant flow of conditioned air.
- Improved air quality – Better humidity control means a reduced potential for mold and mildew growth
If you are worried with your old, inefficient gas ducted heating system then do not delay and go for a change over gas ducted heating system. Replace gas ducted heating system with new and energy efficient heating unit.
Our experienced technicians can advise you on the best ducted heating system for your home. Our friendly staff, at Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting offer expert ducted gas heating installations and regular servicing, 7 days a week around the Canberra region. Get in contact with our office on 0407 212 565 today.