The days are getting colder, and you’re probably already starting to rely on your furnace for warmth during the day. As you use your furnace more and more over the next few weeks, you’re going to be putting a lot more strain on the system. Before we get too far into heating season, it’s a good idea to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of dealing with that strain over the next several months. If your system doesn’t have enough in it to get you through the whole winter, it’s probably a better idea to replace it now than to wait for it to break down in the middle of the season.
The best way to tell whether or not your system needs replacing is to have a technician examine it for you. Before you take that step, though, consider the symptoms below for some additional guidance.
Is the Furnace Costing a Lot to Use?
Your furnace is obviously going to contribute a lot of cost to your energy bills if you’re using it on a regular basis from month to month. However, sudden or unexpected spikes in monthly energy bills can indicate that the system is nearing the end of its life. The wear and tear accumulated over years will eventually strip the furnace of enough efficiency that it will have to operate for longer periods of time in order to achieve the same results. You may not notice this happening at first, but it will absolutely cause your bills to rise over time. The only way to resolve this issue is to replace the system entirely.
Is The Furnace Breaking Down Frequently?
If your furnace is breaking down once a year, or even more often, then you should be concerned. Breaking down that frequently is often a sign that the system is nearing the end of its life. The parts in the system are so worn down that they are breaking down in groups. The longer you use your furnace after it’s started to exhibit these symptoms, the worse they will get. You will likely save much more money in the long run by replacing the system entirely, rather than trying to repair it constantly.
Is the Furnace Older Than 15?
The average furnace lasts around 10-15 years before it becomes too costly to keep running efficiency. You can keep your furnace functioning longer than 15 years, of course, but you’ll very likely be paying a premium to keep it running. If your furnace is older than 15, you are likely already paying too much for your heating system. We recommend talking to a professional about how best to go about installing a new furnace.