If you’ve been in your home for a while, or recently moved into an older home, you may consider the function of your home’s heating system. At the heart of any home’s heating system, is the furnace. A furnace that is due for replacement could be costing you money and worse, could be dangerous to your health and safety. So, how do you know if it’s time for a furnace replacement? There are several aspects of a furnace, and its behavior, that will let you know.
The Age of Your Furnace
The lifespan of a furnace ranges between 15 and, generously speaking, 30 years. It’s not always easy to tell how long your furnace has been around; you may have to do some hunting. Look inside the door for stickers that have the model and possibly the serial number of your component. Sometimes, you’ll find an installation date. If not, contact the manufacture with the model number to inquire about the furnace’s age. If you have a furnace that is at least 15 years old, look out for other signs that it isn’t working at top-level. We recommend an inspection and efficiency test to determine if replacement is ideal.
Does Your Furnace Require Regular Repairs
Aging furnaces often need repair. If yours has had a few within the last couple of years, chances are you’d be better off replacing it. Look at how much you have spent and may continue to spend on repairs and how frequently. Based on this, keep in mind that future repairs are likely to increase in severity and cost. Consult your HVAC service professionals about the pros and cons of furnace replacement vs. repair.
How Much Is Your Old Furnace Really Costing You?
If your energy usage remains the same yet your bills increase, an inefficient furnace could be to blame. A failing furnace works harder and less efficiently than one in good condition. If you can’t find a reason for the increase in your energy bills, it’s time for a furnace inspection.
Uneven Heating Throughout Your Home
If your home has hot and cold spots, a noticeable difference in temperature from room to room, your furnace is not doing its job well. You may have a thermostat problem, but it’s likely that your furnace is the culprit.
New or Excessive Noise from Your Furnace
One of the more obvious signs of an ailing furnace is new or increasingly excessive noise. Rattles, buzzes, and hums are difficult to ignore, nor should you ignore them. They could be signs of impending problems.
Furnace Emitting Dust
If your furnace is emitting dust or soot, even rust, it could mean leaking duct work or cracked or broken components. Both are a call for attention as they are not normal in a well-functioning furnace. Furnaces that function improperly are cause for concern. Not only because of cost, but also because they could be producing harmful carbon monoxide. If you notice any signs of malfunction, or if you’re just not sure, it’s time for an inspection.
If you have any questions about the function of your furnace, or looking to replace your aging furnace, please contact us.