Signs You Need to Replace Your Baseboard Heater
Baseboard heaters are easy to install and can quickly warm any room. The average lifespan of baseboard heaters are around 15 to 20 years. With proper maintenance, they could last much longer.
However, old worn out heating units can do more harm than good. They may not generate enough heat or generate heat inconsistently. If your baseboard heater begins to fail the electrical consumption may become higher than usual or worse, it won’t turn on when you need it. Here are some signs that may indicate that you should have your baseboard heaters inspected or that the heater needs an upgrade.
Baseboard Heater Produces Less Heat: You can start by checking if there’s a problem with the thermostat. If you had the thermostat replaced and the heating still hasn’t improved, the inside components may have corroded and the heater may need replacement.
Unreasonably High Electric Bill: If there’s a sudden increase in your electric bill, it means the baseboard heater is expending additional energy for the same heating performance. This is not good for your budget. In the long run, you will save more when you buy a new heater.
Odd Noises or Smell: No further explanation here. Just like an old car engine, it needs to be replaced.
Fluctuating Temperature: This means that the amount of heat produced is sometimes more, sometimes less. You may start with checking and replacing the thermostat. If the heating performance is still inconsistent, there may be a deeper problem involved.
No Power: If suddenly the heater doesn’t turn on, there may be a problem with the internal wiring. It may be too complicated to repair or it will only be a temporary fix. Either way you should have a professional electrician or heating tech from American Air examine the unit.
Replacing your baseboard heater also has added benefits in terms of safety. Newer models may be more efficient and have modern safety features to disable the heater if there is an issue. American Air can help you to evaluate your existing baseboard heaters and help update the systems as needed.