October and November can bring on early winter weather, and it’s important to make sure that your furnace is ready to be turned on for when Monday’s 70-degree day turns into Tuesday’s 30-degree day. Is your furnace struggling to provide comfort to your home during these unpredictable weather months? These are the telltale signs that it’s time to replace your furnace.
How old is your furnace? Look up your system’s model number on the furnace. The average lifespan is about 15 to 20 years, so if it’s near that or past it, it’s time for a replacement!
- Rising Energy Bills
If you have noticed a rise in your energy bill lately, it might be because your furnace is struggling to heat your home. This could be from a number of things, so be sure to consult a professional before you replace the whole furnace.
- Excessive Dust, Dirt, Soot, or Rust Debris
Is there an excess amount of particle debris in your home when you run the furnace? This is a sign that the furnace is not running efficiently and that it is deteriorating.
- Rooms are Different Temperatures
As your furnace gets older, it can become more difficult to heat the entire home at an even temperature. Some rooms may not get heat at all when this happens.
- Excessive Noise
Your furnace should make little to no noise when it is running. If the system is louder than normal or has starting rattling, buzzing, or humming, it means that it has cracks or other structural issues and may need replacement.
- Visible Rust or Cracks on the System
Cracks and rust can become a serious issue. It’s better to replace the system rather than trying to repair it.
- Frequent Repairs
Take a look at how many times in the past few years you have had to call a professional to fix your furnace. If you see the technician more often than you care to, it might be time to call for an estimate on a new furnace.
If you noticed any of these signs of decline in your furnace, it’s time to speak with a HVAC contractor to discuss your replacement options. Problems with your furnace can lead to health issues from carbon monoxide, dust, and dander. An inefficient furnace can also cost you financially in increased energy costs. Be sure to check your furnace BEFORE you start using it – that way you are not without heat when the winter hits!