Is It Time To Replace My Furnace?
The following are signs that it might be time to replace your furnace:
The Age of Your System
The average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 12-15 years, depending upon maintenance and usage. Are you outside of that timeframe? It may be time to consider replacing the unit to avoid expensive repairs or less than optimal performance.
Rising Energy Bills
An increase in energy bills can mean that your system is nor running as efficiently as it was.
Excessive Dust, Dirt, Soot or Rust Particles
If you have noticed an increase in dust, dander, soot, rust, or dirt building up within your home while your furnace is running, it’s a sign to may need to install a new system.
Humidity within your home is a concern for all homeowners in the winter, especially if you have wood floors. If you’ve noticed that the air within your home is dry, your furnace could be to blame.
Unevenly Heated Rooms
If you noticed different rooms within your home are heated unevenly (or not heated at all) it’s probably due to your furnace. As your furnace ages, it can be more difficult to push heat evenly throughout your home.
Furnace is Unusually Noisy or Develops Rattles, Buzzes, or Hums
If you notice that your system is running louder than normal or has developed rattles, buzzes or hums, it’s time to replace due to cracks, leaks, or other structural issues.
Furnace Has Visible Signs of Rust or Cracks in or Around System
If you’ve noticed signs of rust or cracks developing in or around your furnace, it’s time to replace. This naturally occurs over time as your furnace ages.
Take a look back at your repair bills. Note how many times you had to call for a repair for your heating system within the last two years. If you see your repair man more than your friends, it’s time to call for a free estimate.