Furnaces break down, and often at the worst possible time. If you’re worried about your furnace making it through the winter, it might be time for a furnace replacement. How do you know whether or not you should be worried about your furnace? There are many signs. If you know what to look for, you can get a new furnace before your old furnace has a chance to break down leaving you, and your family, in the cold.
1. The furnace is old
You can generally expect your home’s furnace to last 15 to 20 years on average. It may last longer with regular maintenance but your furnace will be operating on borrowed time. If your furnace is getting older, a SERVICEfinder HVAC specialist can help you install a new furnace.
2. The furnace is noisy
A heating and cooling system that moans and groans is a system that is struggling to operate. While it’s true all furnaces make some noise, new clangs, bangs, and rattles are not a good sign. It’s likely a hint that a new furnace installation is in your future.
3. The repair bills are frequent or costly
Everything needs to be repaired occasionally, and furnaces are no exception. However, when repairs are needed often or are no longer cost-effective, a furnace replacement may be in order.
A general rule-of-thumb on whether a repair is the right choice is the $5,000 rule. Take the age of your furnace and multiply it by the quote you’re given to fix it. If the result is less than $5,000 a furnace repair is worth it, but, if it’s greater than $5,000 it may be time to consider getting a new furnace.
4. The furnace has visible damage
Visible damage, like rust or cracks, may be a sign of unseen damage inside of the unit. If you’ve spotted damage on the outer parts of the furnace, an HVAC specialist should inspect the unit to determine if a replacement is needed.
5. Your home heating costs are increasing for no apparent reason
As your furnace ages it becomes less efficient, it takes longer to heat your home and it uses more energy to do so. Your furnace may also need repairs that are not obvious. All of this will be reflected in your heating bill. If your home heating costs are going up, it’s time to take a closer look at your energy consumption; increased energy use may be a sign of a much larger problem.
6. You have new cold zones in your home
If your home now has cold zones, the reason could be your furnace. This is especially true if your furnace is approaching its upper age limit, 15 years or older. As your furnace ages, it has to work harder to distribute the heat evenly throughout your home. There is a point when your furnace is no longer able to heat your whole home, leading to a furnace replacement. Cold zones may also be a sign that your home needs new insulation or new energy-efficient windows.
7. You’ve put an addition on your home
The larger the home, the bigger the furnace needs to be in order to properly heat it. If you’ve added square footage to your home with a new addition or are planning to finish a previously unfinished basement, your furnace may not have the capacity needed to heat your home comfortably.
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Your home’s heating and cooling system is critical to your family’s comfort. In the winter specifically, a properly working furnace is essential to your family’s safety too. When you can no longer rely on your furnace to keep you and your family warm, it’s time to turn to a SERVICEfinder HVAC professional. Our local HVAC technicians will help ensure you and your family are comfortable inside no matter how cold it is outside.