Is It Time To Replace My Furnace?
Signs That It Might Be Time to Replace your Furnace
The Age of Your System
The average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 12-15 years, depending upon maintenance and usage. If you are inside of that timeframe it might be time to look at replacing the unit in lieu of expensive repairs or suffering with less than optimal performance.
Rising Energy Bills
An increase in energy bills can mean that your system is running less efficiently.
Excessive Dust, Dirt, Soot or Rust Particles
If you noticed more dust, dander, soot, rust or dirt building up within your home while your furnace is running, it’s a sign to install a new system.
Home Humidity Problems
Humidity within your home is a concern for all homeowners in the winter, especially if you have wood floors. If you’ve noticed the air within your home to be dry, your furnace could be to blame.
Rooms are Heating Unevenly
If you noticed different rooms within your home are heated unevenly (or not heated at all) it’s likely due to your furnace. As your furnace ages, it can be more difficult to push heat evenly throughout your home.
Furnace Becomes Unusually Noisy or Develops Rattles, Buzzes or Hums
If you notice your system running louder than normal or develops rattles, buzzes or hums, it’s time to replace due to cracks, leaks or other structural issues.
Furnace Has Visible Signs of Rust or Cracks in or Around System
Going back to the last point, if you’ve noticed signs of rust or cracks developing in or around your furnace, it’s time to replace. This naturally occurs over time as your furnace ages.
Look back at your repair bills and note how many times you had to call for a repair for your heating system within the last two years. If you see your repair man more than your friends, it’s time to call for a free estimate.