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It’s not always obvious when you should repair a heating unit. Your heating unit can show signs of wear and tear that you shouldn’t ignore. Here are a few tips for when to have your heating unit repaired.

When to Repair

There are many reasons to repair instead of replace a unit, such as the age of the unit, how frequently you maintain the heating unit, and the cost of repair.

The Age of the Heating Unit

The age of your heating unit is important to whether you repair or replace. If your heating unit is less than 10 years old, you should consider repairing the system. According to the National Association of Home Builders, a heating unit system lasts between 10-15 years. Heating unit systems fail for different reasons than age. A heating unit less than 10 years old is less expensive to repair. You should consider replacing a heating unit system over 10 years old because newer heating units are more efficient and energy-saving than older heating units.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your heating system is important. Repairs should be minor to fix with regular maintenance. In order to prevent major problems, keep your heating unit free from debris, dust, and dirt, and schedule regular tune-ups. We recommend scheduling heating unit maintenance twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall.

When to Replace

Cost of Repair

The cost of repair versus replacement cost is a consideration for homeowners. Even if you have a new heating unit there may be equipment that is too expensive to repair. For example, heating compressors are costly parts to repair.


Older heating units may not have the energy efficiency of newer heating units. As a result, a newer heating unit maybe be less expensive in the long run. Older heating units may not provide the clean air quality that’s found in a newer system. Signs of an ineffective heating unit system include, weak or poor airflow with unbalanced temperatures, noisy sounds from the heating unit, humidity problems, excessive dust in the air, and the heating unit starting or stopping unexpectedly.

For all of our heater repairs and services, or to schedule an inspection or routine maintenance today, contact M&M Mechanical, Inc.

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