The worst time to replace a furnace is in the middle of a winter storm. In addition to needing a system when the weather is already bad, paying for emergency service could be more money than you were ready to spend. Either way it’s important to know your furnace warning signs!
1) How old is your system?
The typical lifespan for your heating system is 12 to 15 years. In order to get that kind of life out of a system it needs to be professionally installed by a reputable company. When systems get older they get less efficient, which can be very expensive. If you are repairing or replacing part after part it might be time to look at a new system.
2) Are you spending more on your heating bill year after year?
It is possible that in addition to the rising cost of fuel, a rise in you heating bill means your system is getting increasingly less efficient. The first plan of action should be to contact your contractor. There are much more efficient models on the market that could save you money in the long run!
3) Is your furnace making the right sounds?
A fairly common sign that your furnace is breaking down is some unsettling noises. You should be concerned if you hear rattling, hissing, popping, or any other strange sounds. If the sounds get louder or longer, it is time to get your system inspected.
4) Is your furnace shutting off often?
The older the equipment, the longer it might take to turn on. This can be a sign that it is time to get your system looked at by a professional. Faulty wiring could be the cause or a loose part inside your system. If your system is continually malfunctioning, then replacement might be the answer.
5) How is the health of your family?
If you have a cracked heat exchanger, your home and your family could be at risk. When heaters are coming to the end of their lifespan, cracks can develop and those cracks can cause carbon monoxide to leak out causing your family to fall ill. If you sense something like this might be happening in your home, call your local contractor right away and to check for leaks. Sometimes they can be repaired and other time it is a call for a replacement.
6) How often is your heater being repaired?
If you are calling a contractor every other month to have your system inspected, it is time for replacement. Those repairs and emergency visits can add up to big money that might be saved by investing in a new, more energy-efficient system. While the initial cost may seem high, it can save you hundreds if not thousands in the long run!