The season is changing, which means it’s time to make sure your furnace or hvac service reliably keeps you warm this winter. However, your furnace won’t last forever. We created this list to help you identify the warning signs that you may need a furnace installation or replacement.
- YOUR ENERGY BILLS AND EQUIPMENT REPAIRS ARE STEADILY INCREASING
You’ll still come out cheaper in the long run if you purchase a more efficient furnace unit. Older furnaces have to work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bills and repair costs steadily increase.
Get a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re either asleep or at work. Also, seal areas within your home where heat escapes, such as doors and windows.
- YOUR FURNACE IS MORE THAN 15 YEARS OLD
It’s advisable to consider shopping for a new one at around the 15-year mark.
To make sure you get the most out of your existing furnace be sure you’ve got the breakers and shut off switches properly set. Make sure you swap out dirty, clogged filters for clean ones that allow for proper airflow.
- THE ROOMS THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME ARE DIFFERENT TEMPERATURES
As a furnace gets older, it can become more and more inefficient until it loses the ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the house.
- YOUR FURNACE IS EXTRA NOISY
Furnaces can be quite noisy; if that noise gets louder over time, then you may want to consider a replacement as soon as possible if you see one or more of these signs such as rattling, popping, humming or screeching/squealing.
- YOUR HOME HAS SOOT AROUND THE REGISTERS
If you find soot, dust or rust around these areas within your home, then it means that your furnace has too much CO2. This causes excessive dryness which can damage furniture, flooring and plants. Also it can cause itchy throats, dry eyes, as well as respiratory issues when inhaled. If you ever see a build-up of soot near your registers, it’s probably time to get a replacement.