With talks of a harsh, frigid winter already underway, now is the time to consider whether your furnace will be able to operate reliably and efficiently for the duration of winter. If your furnace or and part of your heating system requires repair or replacement, it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible. An expert should perform routine maintenance on your furnace at least once every year to ensure that the unit is performing well and lasts its lifespan. As a homeowner, there are certain things to consider when assessing whether your furnace is in top shape.
How old is your furnace?
If you have no idea, or if you believe the furnace to be more than 15 years old; chances are that it’s in its last days. The average heating appliance lasts about 10 to 14 years. So, it’s not uncommon for an older furnace to have performance problems. A qualified, experienced technician may be able to get your old furnace up and running at least for one more cold season.
A furnace that is in good condition will perform most efficiently. As time goes on, the furnace will deteriorate, and efficiency will decline. Pay close attention to your utility bills. If your heating costs are rising, your furnace may need attention. Also, pay close attention on variations in temperature from room to room. While uneven heating can be due to issues with windows, doors, or insulation; it is often a sign of reduced furnace efficiency.
Sound and Appearance
Some signs of a failing furnace can be very subtle and go unnoticed until it is too late. Others are obvious, but you must pay close attention. It’s a good idea to take the time to go listen to your furnace while it is running. Pay attention to excessive noise, as it is likely an indication that your furnace requires maintenance. Rust and corrosion may also indicate that your furnace needs to be inspected by a professional. Lastly, if your furnace is emitting an unusual odor, contact a professional right away.
When to Purchase a New Furnace
Near the end of its lifespan, your furnace may break down often and require frequent repairs and maintenance. At this point, it is best to weigh your options and decide whether it is best to put your money towards a new unit. While a new furnace is a major investment and can be costly, upgrading to a newer, more efficient unit often leads to lower monthly utility bills over time.
Consider the financial implications first. It may be cheaper for you to purchase a new unit than keep putting money into an old one. Also, newer units are more efficient than ever and will save you money on energy costs in the long run.
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