Many home and business owners do not understand or have the technical knowledge to know when their furnaces need to be replaced. However, there are several key signs that you can look for to determine if the time has come to replace your old, inefficient furnace with a modern, highly effective unit. Let’s look closer.
Your Furnace Is At Least 15 Years Old
If your furnace is at least 15 years old, you probably notice its performance declining each season. There comes the point of diminishing returns where replacing an old system is more feasible than keeping performing repairs.
Increasing Heating Bills
An older furnace does not work as efficiently as a new furnace. Therefore, it has to work harder to get the same job done. As an older furnace’s performance continues to decline, with sustained heavy usage, it is far more likely to break down without warning. The longer that your furnace has to work to reach the temperature you have set on the thermostat, the more energy that is required, and the higher your energy bills will be.
The System Makes Strange Noises
When your furnace is cycling on or off, it will make a bit of noise. However, besides a small amount of noise, a furnace should remain quiet during operation. If you hear any banging, whirring, or other strange noises coming from your furnace or ventilation system, call A-1 immediately and let us inspect it.
Foul Odors From Your Furnace
There should be no odd smells from your furnace or blowing out of your vents. If there is, turn the system off and call us right away. We’ll come out, inspect the system, and ensure that there’s no danger of an electrical fire, carbon monoxide leak, or other problems.
The Furnace Needs Repairing Often
Not all furnaces behave the same, and some have more problems than others. If your furnace constantly needs repairs, it will be better for your home, family, and pocketbook to replace the system with a more functional, efficient one. Earlier replacement will save you money on repairs while also providing more consistent heating in your home.