Should You Fix Your Old Heater or Buy a New One?

August 31 2018

James Patten


Well, it’s that time of year again. The scorching 2018 heatwave is finally coming to an end; everyone will soon be dusting off those coats and scarves and getting ready to brace the inevitable winter chill. Those warm air heaters that have spent the last few months switched off will finally get cranked on again to fend off the onslaught of cold.

But you may notice, as you reach for that ancient heating device, that it’s looking a little old and worn.

You’ve heard the phrase ‘good ole reliable’; well, that good ole reliable heater of yours might not be so reliable. The last thing you want is for the heater to conk out in the middle of the cold season, leaving you and your workers high and dry (and freezing cold). It happens to the best of us, and when it does, you’ll need to make a choice between shelling out for a brand-new heater or getting your current one repaired.

How do you decide? Well, here’s our advice:

How Old is the Heater?

First and foremost, you need to assess the age of your heater. Heaters will have an ‘age of retirement’, very much dependent on the model and how well it has been maintained. Fifteen years is a good benchmark for when it might be time to start thinking about replacing it.

Check the label, or with the manufacturer of your heater to determine the average lifespan of the model to see how close your heater is getting to the end of its run.

Like most appliances, the older it is the more maintenance it’s going to need to keep it up and running. So, if your heater has seen better days and is on its last legs, it might be time to think about exchanging it for a younger model.

Does the Repair Cost Exceed the Price of a New One?

The most fundamental indicator that it’s time for a new heater is the cost of repairs. Eventually, your industrial heating system will need so many repairs so frequently that the cost will start to get more expensive than simply buying a new one.

A good rule of thumb for any heater is: if the cost of repair is more than 50% the cost of a new one, then you should probably replace it. It will cost more initially to buy that new heater, but the money you’ll save from not having to have any repairs done for a long time will save you money in the long run.

At Heritage Heating and Cooling, we offer heating and maintenance services. As well as offering new warehouse heating systems for installation, our team of highly experienced maintenance professionals will ensure your heater is working as it should be, whether that’s providing regular maintenance or administering repairs.

Heating maintenance and repairs are incredibly important; our experts will provide gas safety certificates on request, so you can feel assured that you are working with real professionals. We don’t limit ourselves to systems we installed; our team will always be able to help you out regardless of your industrial heating needs.

If you would like to learn more about our services, do not hesitate to get in touch.

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