There’s a time and a place for everything. But the time to find out you need a new furnace is not in the middle of winter, once you’ve come home to a cold, uncomfortable house because your old furnace finally kicked the bucket. Here, we have compiled a list of the top warning signs that you may need a furnace replacement.
On average, the lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years old. If your furnace is coming up on it’s 15th year or older, it is time to start looking into having it replaced. How do you tell the age of your furnace? Check the manual if you have it. Otherwise, look at your furnace to find the serial number and/or manufacturer.
Furnaces need the most repairs during the last two years of their lives. These costs add up, and at some point you will have to ask yourself if your old furnace is worth sticking more money into. If the repair will cost more than 1/3 of a new furnace, it’s recommended you just replace it. Yearly maintenance can not only provide you lower energy bills, but potentially double the lifespan of your furnace.
A sudden rise in your energy bill could be from many different factors. But one of those factors could be that your furnace is not going to last much longer. Even if your furnace has a few more years of life left to it, it may be more cost effective to get a new furnace than to dish out more and more money on your heating bill.
If you turn on your furnace and it is noisy or loud, it may be time to replace your furnace. In general, furnaces are expected to make some noise when turned on, but if these noises become more and more aggressive, and come in the form of rattling, humming, popping, or squealing, parts may need replaced- if not the furnace itself.
While none of these signs alone can tell you if it’s time for a new furnace, the more that apply to your furnace, the more likely it is that it’s time you consider replacing your existing one. To help you make the best choice on whether you need to replace your furnace or not, we encourage you to contact us so one of our certified technicians can provide you with an honest, detailed explanation and estimate for any and all repairs and/or replacement you may need!