Is It Time to Replace My Furnace?
As winter approaches, your furnace’s ability to keep your home warm and comfortable becomes of paramount importance. After all, no one enjoys waking up to a teeth-chattering cold house. This time of year, many homeowners wonder whether their furnace can make it “one more winter” or if it’s time to call it quits and replace it.
While we can’t provide a “one size fits all” solution, we can help you make an informed decision. Here are 5 signs it may be time to replace your furnace.
Approaching the End of Its Expected Life
A well-maintained furnace has a typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years, depending on furnace type and fuel source. If yours is approaching or has already surpassed this range, and you’re seeing an increase in more frequent and costly repairs, it may be more cost-effective to upgrade to a new, more energy-efficient unit.
More Frequent and Costly Repairs
If the furnace is 10 years old or less and hasn’t been giving you trouble, we typically recommend repairing common issues. However, if you find yourself constantly calling for furnace repairs, especially for an older system, investing in a new, more reliable furnace can save you money. Use this simple formula to help you decide if a repair is worthwhile: multiply the cost of the repair by the age of the furnace. If the result is more than 5,000, you may want to consider a replacement.
High Energy Bills
As a furnace ages, it becomes less energy-efficient as it has to work harder to evenly distribute heat throughout your home. This causes a significant spike in your energy bills each month. Upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace can reduce your energy bills, ultimately offsetting the cost of replacement over time.
Diminished Heating Performance
If you’ve noticed inconsistent heating, uneven temperature distribution, or if some rooms remain cold while others are warm, it may be a sign that your furnace is struggling to provide the level of warm air it once did. A new furnace can provide more even and consistent heating, enhancing comfort throughout your home.
Safety is always a top priority. Regular maintenance helps ensure that your heating system is operating safely. But if your furnace is exhibiting signs of carbon monoxide leaks, such as soot around the furnace, or frequent pilot light issues, such as a yellow flame instead of blue, it’s crucial to address these concerns promptly. Depending on the cause of the problem and its severity, replacement may be the safest option.
Having Furnace Trouble? Correct Temp can help.
As you can see, the decision to repair or replace your furnace depends on various factors. Wondering if it’s time to put your furnace out to pasture? Contact Correct Temp today. Our experienced technicians can assess your furnace, discuss your options, and help you make the best decision.