Heater Installation in Birmingham
Expert Heating Services
It’s impossible for a heater to work forever. When your system reaches a certain age, it may start to show more and more problems, with more frequent breakdowns and repairs. Most furnaces and boilers can be expected to work properly for around 10-15 years, and while regular maintenance can help to keep your home warm for as long as possible, eventually old age will win and the repair cost will be too much to justify.
When the cost of repairs is over 50% of the cost of a new installation, it’s time to consider replacing the system altogether. Our heating professionals at Wilbur’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing will work with you to account for your lifestyle, budget, and heating needs before suggesting the best course of action moving forward.
Signs that it’s time to replace your heater:
- Your unit is over 10 years old
- Your heater is running constantly
- Your home isn’t warm enough
- Your heating bills have increased
- You hear strange noises coming from the heater
- You notice condensation on windows or appliances
- Your heater keeps breaking down
While replacing your heater can have high initial costs, many factors can save you money by decreasing your monthly cost. New furnaces and boilers are significantly more energy efficient than older units, making utilities more affordable and costly breakdowns all but nonexistent.
Wilbur’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing is committed to excellent customer service. Find out how we can help you by calling (205) 509-2139.
Which Heater Should I Install?
Choosing a new heating system is a big decision, but Wilbur’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing can help you decide by considering a couple of questions:
- Where do you live?
- What do you already have installed?
Furnaces and boilers make the most sense in cold climates, while heat pumps can save energy in milder areas. The option that’s best for you will depend on your home and lifestyle.
If you don’t have ductwork already installed in your home, a boiler may be the most cost-effective solution to eliminate the additional price of installing it. If your home is ducted, a heat pump may be the best choice.
Types of Heating Systems
- Gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system in the continental United States due to their low-cost operation.
- Oil furnaces require on-site fuel storage, but don’t require extra piping for gas delivery.
- Electric furnaces can cost more to operate, but they are popular for homes where natural gas is not available.
- Boilers deliver comfortable heat quietly in homes with no ductwork. Choose between gas, oil, and electric.
- Air-source heat pumps move heat instead of generating it. They can act as heaters as well as air conditioning units and are most efficient in mild climates.
- Geothermal heat pumps are the most expensive heater replacement, but they are incredibly efficient and environmentally friendly. They can also act as air conditioners.