By: Brian Schutt
When preparing for the winter months this year, take special note of the condition of your furnace. After many years of keeping your house warm, your furnace will eventually end up beyond repair and need to be replaced. It’s important to start learning now about your options for furnace replacement. That way, when the time comes, you can make a well-informed decision to upgrade your timeline.
Here are the top indicators that it’s time to replace your furnace:
Age of the Furnace
A good furnace should last 15-20 years. However, don’t rely solely on age. If you have an old furnace and you’re experiencing additional problems listed below, that’s when you know it’s time for a replacement. If you’re unsure of the age, find the label that contains the model and serial numbers, and you should be able to look it up online.
How many times has your furnaced needed to be repaired? If that number is approaching double digits, it’s probably wise to invest in a new unit. Additionally, be on the lookout for loud noises, uneven hot and cold areas in your home, or simply a system that won’t turn on properly. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be providing as much heat as it used to, it could be in its last year. Pro Tip: Well-maintained furnaces last longer; so be sure to change your air filters seasonally!
Furnace Replacement Cost
If your furnace isn’t operating at its peak functionality, you may see a higher utility bill next month. An increase in your bill means your heating system is working harder than it needs to heat your home. Unless other factors may cause a higher bill (increased usage, lower temperatures, rate increases), then this is a good indicator that you need to replace your furnace.
Safety and Furnace Replacement
If for any reason you are concerned with the safety of your furnace, you should replace it. Electrical hazards or regular malfunctions are big indicators that it’s time for a new heating system.
Don’t wait until the last minute to decide on a furnace replacement. Avoid uncomfortable temperatures and high costs by doing your homework early. Look for these warning signs or give us a call at (317) 458-9255 if you’re still unsure of whether you need to replace your furnace.