Your home’s furnace runs reliably every time you turn it on for years. Yet, even with good maintenance and upkeep, these systems will become inefficient and, in some cases, may even fail. Knowing when to replace your furnace (rather than just repairing it) isn’t always easy. It’s best to allow a trusted technician to offer some guidance and direction to you about when the best time to replace it is. Here are some signs that you may want to do this soon.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace
Quite a few factors can play a role in the decision to replace a furnace with a new model. At the heart of that decision is what is best for the home in the long term. Here are some factors to keep in mind.
The Age of the Furnace
The older the furnace is, the more likely it will need costly repairs to get it back up and running properly. Older models, such as those that are more than 15 years old, may be beyond the repair point. Over time, repairs may become more common.
They may become impossible to make if they are extensive. It may be best to replace the furnace in these situations instead of trying to keep up with repairs.
Increasing Cost of Heating Your Home
If you notice that your energy bills are on the rise, that could be a good indication that now is the best time to make some decisions, especially if increasing inefficiency is coupled with more common repairs. Most furnaces over 15 years of age are no longer as efficient as they should be.
No one wants to pay more than they should to heat a home. With rising fuel prices, that’s more important than ever. If your heating bills do not improve after a repair, consider that a good indication that it’s time to replace the system.
You may notice a few other changes to your furnace that may be showing its age. For example, if your home does not feel like it is heated properly or you are still cold when the thermostat is set properly, it may be time to find out what can be done to improve comfort and function.
You may also notice problems related to noises, or there may be a banging sound coming from the furnace. These concerns are typical of a system that is struggling with proper function. In some cases, these problems can lead to a higher risk of a fire. Other times, the system simply will not run.
Most often, a furnace should not need repairs more often than a few times over 5 years. If it happens consistently, the costs are rising for those repairs, especially if they end up costing you an emergency technician visit in the middle of the night. You may save money by replacing the system instead.