As autumn is becoming cooler and cooler, more of us are thinking about winter and keeping warm until next year. Your comfort and safety this winter rely almost entirely on your furnace, and if you noticed last year that your system wasn’t as efficient as it used to be, which is why it’s important to take furnace repair and replacement seriously. There are a few reasons why it may be time to replace your furnace, if you’re experiencing one or more of them, it’s probably time to contact HAMCO for a replacement.
Most furnaces have a lifespan between ten and fifteen years. As your furnace begins to become older, it’s going to begin to experience some issues with efficiency due to the general wear and tear of working for over a decade. If your furnace is getting up in age, even if it hasn’t quite started to show signs of deterioration, it’s time to begin thinking about furnace replacement.
Frequent Run Times
Frequent run times and never reaching the set temperature are very common reasons why you may want to replace your furnace. If you notice that your furnace seems to run for extended periods of time but never actually warms the space, despite the fan never shutting off, that is a sign of some issues that should be addressed.
Noisy When Running
If you live in an older home or with an older furnace, you may not even notice the sound of a noisy furnace, however, if you can hear your furnace running loudly when the house is quiet, this is a telltale sign that you should consider a replacement. A furnace that wheezes or chugs loudly is usually a furnace that has to work very hard to produce a moderate amount of heat, and a common reason why homeowners will consider a replacement.
Near the end of its life, a furnace will begin to break down more and more often due to general wear and tear and its lifespan coming to an end. In some cases, it’s actually much more affordable to invest in a new furnace than to continue to repair and maintain an older system that just isn’t as efficient and reliable as it used to be. If you have a repair that is upwards of $500, it is advisable to compare that to a replacement model prior to getting your existing one repaired.
Higher Utility Bills
As a furnace gets older, it starts having to work harder to output the same amount of warm air. This inefficiency will become evident in your monthly bills. Once your furnace begins to become older (between the ages of 10 and 15), its efficiency will begin to diminish and it’ll begin costing you more and more money to keep your home comfortable. Higher utility bills are usually a sign to consider a new furnace. Ensure you are keeping track of gas and hydro bills, so if you notice a sharp uptick in the bills and some symptoms of poor performance, you can determine whether it is time to make the switch.
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