IS IT TIME TO REPLACE YOUR FURNACE?
A properly installed and maintained furnace should last around 10 – 15 years. As the furnace gets older you may notice drops in efficiency as well as an increase in repair needs. When these signs start, it is a good idea to start looking into a new furnace. Don't wait for an emergency to hit to make the decision to purchase a new furnace.
Are your gas/electric bills going up?
Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This will cause your gas & electric bills to go up. The money you pay the gas & electric company every month could be used to pay for new furnace.
Are you constantly adjusting the temperature on the thermostat?
Do you have the problem with some rooms in your home being to warm while others you struggle with to keep warm? This is a sign that your furnace no longer has the ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable in your home.
Does your furnace blower always seem to be running?
Does it feel like your furnace blower is running excessively? Does your blower turn on & off frequently or does it blow cold air sometimes? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.
Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces tend to have the most repairs during the last 2 years of life. Furnaces are like vehicles it won't take long before you are looking at over $500 in repairs on your furnace. Another thing to consider is the length of time it takes to get replacement parts for your furnace. As your furnace ages it will become more difficult to find replacement parts. Factors like these can become a very cold and costly problem.
Is your furnace making strange noises?
Old furnaces tend to become excessively noisy or develop rattles, buzzes, or sometimes even start to hum at the end of their lifespan.
How have you and your family been feeling?
As furnaces age they run the risk of developing cracks inside the furnace. This could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home undetected. Do you or family members have frequent headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, or even disorientation? These could be signs that you have a carbon monoxide leak in your furnace. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should air out your house and open a window where the furnace is located or close to it, call the gas company to have the gas shut off and call a service technician immediately.