A new furnace system is a big investment. However, it is necessary to keep your home warm and comfortable during the cold months. Not only does it keep your family toasty, but it also provides protection from issues like frozen pipes.
Furnace life expectancy is different for each system, and there is no real way to determine when it will reach its end. However, you do not want to wait until it is too late and end up without heat during the winter months. We’ve provided a list of signs to help you decide whether it is time to have a new furnace installed. Being proactive will save you the headache of losing your furnace when unprepared.
Here are some signs it is time to replace your furnace:
#1 Your Furnace is over 15 Years Old
The average furnace lasts from 15 to 20 years, depending on maintenance and use. If your furnace is reaching that age, ask the technician at your next maintenance visit about the condition of your system. You can find more specifics in your owner’s manual about recommended lifespan. Additionally, go online and look up your system’s model number for more information. This number should be located on the furnace.
#2 Frequent Repairs and New Furnace Parts Are Needed
Over the last few years, did you have to call your HVAC company more often for service? Even with regular maintenance visits, did you have to call them out for help? Were parts replaced more frequently? It may be time to upgrade your system because it is on its last leg.
#3 Rooms in Your Home Aren’t Heating Evenly
Does it feel like some rooms in your home are warmer than others? This is caused when your aging furnace system struggles to push the warm air out evenly.
#4 Your Energy Bills Cost More
Aging furnaces may run less efficiently. If you kept up with maintenance visits, change out your air filter regularly, and your ducts are sealed, you shouldn’t notice a major change in energy bills. If your bills are increasing, and you have an older furnace, it could be caused by worn out parts. Many of the new furnace systems available have improved energy efficiency, which will help with the cost of bills.
#5 You Have a Dusty House
When you’re cleaning, have you noticed there is more dust and other particle buildup? This is another indication your furnace is getting old. It’s probably not removing airborne particles from your air the way it’s designed to. If your system is still fairly young, you may just need a ductwork cleaning visit. You can find out more about this service here.
#6 Your Furnace is Making Funny Noises
Have you noticed your furnace making unusual noises or louder noises? Pops, bangs and rattling are all signs your furnace is fading. These can be caused by issues with older systems like leaks, structural issues, and cracks.
#7 You See Cracks or Rust Around Your System
Overtime, it’s normal for a system to develop cracks or rust in or around your furnace. This is definitely a sign your furnace is aging and needs to be replaced.
#8 Your Home Has Extremely Dry Air in the Winter
In the cold months, you need some humidity in the air when the heat is on. If the air is too dry, this is a red flag.
How Can I tell if the Air in My Home is too Dry?
- Furniture, especially wood floors, are degrading.
- You have extremely dry skin and/or a dry, aggravated nasal passage.
- You’re feeling dehydrated, like you need to drink more water.
- You notice you’re getting shocked more.
We hope these signs help you decide if it’s time to replace your unit. When you’re ready to upgrade, we’re here for you. We offer top-of-the-line systems, which will improve your comfort and provide a more energy efficient system. We install new furnace systems in Canton, Akron, and surrounding northeast Ohio cities.
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