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January 9, 2024
cold woman calling for broken heater

Winter temperatures have arrived here in the Providence area, but any true Northeasterner knows that the worst is yet to come. If you’re having problems with your heating system this early in the season, chances are they’ll only intensify by the time February rolls around. 

At CARJON, we understand the importance of having a reliable heating system throughout the frigid winter months, and can offer some guidance on when it’s time to repair or replace your heating system. We provide comprehensive heating repair services along with professional installation of many high-efficiency HVAC systems, like mini split heat pumps. 

Common Heating System Repairs

When your heating system stops blowing hot air, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem. In many cases, however, your HVAC isn’t directly to blame. Here are some common issues we’ve seen with furnaces, heat pumps, and other HVAC systems in the Greater Providence area:

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System

The best way to tell if your heating system needs to be replaced is with a thorough inspection from the team of HVAC experts at CARJON. However, there are a few key signs to look for so you’ll have a better idea of when it’s on its way out. 

Your HVAC is Over 10 Years Old

Most heating systems have a lifespan of up to 20 years, however, as they age they’ll become less efficient. After years of wear and tear, you may notice higher energy bills or persistent problems, like leaks and other small repairs. In general, if you’re having regular problems with an HVAC system over a decade old, replacing it is the best option.

Recurring Costly Repairs

It can be difficult to determine when to repair or replace your heating system, but in the HVAC industry, we have a good rule of thumb to follow. If the cost to repair your heating and cooling system is half or more of the cost of a replacement, getting a new HVAC is advised. It is often the case that expensive repairs won’t completely fix your HVAC and in actuality just prolong the inevitable. You’ll end up needing a replacement anyway, and end up with more out of pocket expenses. 

Low HVAC Performance

As your heating system gets closer to a breakdown, you’ll most likely notice that it struggles to keep up with your home’s demand. It could be turning off and on more frequently or having trouble reaching your desired temperature. The CARJON team can inspect your HVAC system to determine what’s causing the problem and make recommendations on a replacement that can help you get your home comfort back.

HVAC Replacement Options From CARJON

If it turns out that an HVAC replacement is the best call, we offer several options to choose from.

  • Mini Split Heat Pumps - The ductless HVAC systems offer zoned year-round comfort with energy saving, all-electric operation. As some of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market today, ductless mini split heat pumps can help significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs. 

  • Heat Pumps - By connecting to your central duct system, heat pumps offer an energy efficient way to both heat and cool your home. These electrically powered HVAC systems move heat in the winter instead of creating it, making them much more energy efficient.

  • Furnaces, Boilers, & Central Air Conditioners - We only install leading brands of traditional heating and cooling systems, like Trane, that are known for their durability, efficiency, quiet operation, and excellent warranties.

Energy Efficient HVAC Rebates & Incentives

When installing a new HVAC system in your home, the team at CARJON will also walk you through steps to claim tax credits and rebates and make your upgrade more affordable. Here are just a few of the incentives that are available in Providence, Rhode Island:

  • Inflation Reduction Act Federal Tax Credits

    • Heat pump and mini split tax credits up to $2,000

    • Furnace, boiler, and AC tax credits up to $600

  • National Grid Rebates

    • Heat pump & mini split installation rebates (amount varies by size and current heating fuel)

    • Boiler rebates up to $1,000

    • Furnace rebates up to $600

  • Clean Heat Rhode Island rebates up to $1,000 for mini split and heat pump installation

CARJON has been helping Providence homeowners with their heating, cooling, and home performance needs since 1989. With our years of experience and HVAC expertise, we can help find a reliable and long-lasting solution for your home comfort issues. Whether you end up needing to repair or replace your HVAC system, we’re here for you. 

Schedule your HVAC inspection today and find out what your home needs this winter. Call 401-232-9400 or contact us online.

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