Is this the year you tell your old clunker of a furnace “enough is enough,” or are you keeping your fingers crossed that it might last a little longer?
To help you make the right decision, here are five warning signs that indicate the need to have your furnace inspected, and perhaps even replaced. Above all, these are not warning signs that should be ignored:
- Utility costs climbing to the stars. From one year to the next, you can almost count on at least a mild hike in home heating costs. But bills that are up to double the norm and maybe even higher? That’s totally unreasonable, and a sign that “old age“ is catching up your furnace’s performance.
- Mounting repair bills. If you’ve already paid good money to have your furnace repaired – perhaps even more than once – what’s your breaking point? It’s a question that’s hard to advance in advance but, just like with an old car, the point finally comes when you realize that even one more repair bill is one too many.
- Your system is at least 15 years old. The average lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years. If you don’t know when yours was installed, jot down the serial number and call the company that manufactured it. If it’s 15 or older, you might want to replace it before problems set in…that way, you won’t have to worry about sudden interruptions of service.
- It’s way too loud. Your furnace is meant to be felt, not heard. If yours is making a racket that’s impossible to ignore, you’ve got a problem that’s not going to fix itself.
- Hot and cold spots in your home. Provided your furnace was correctly sized and installed – and has been faithfully maintained – it should be generating equal amounts of heat throughout your home. If not, there are several potential factors to be explored, and most of them are repairable.
If it feels like your furnace or boiler is hanging on by a thread, it might be time to cut ties and replace it with a new, high efficiency model. Whatever needs to be done, contact Air Professionals today for prompt service, expert system diagnosis, and our best recommendations on how best to heat your home as effectively and energy efficiently as possible.