With fall right around the corner, it is important that you ensure that your furnace is up to the task of keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the coming cold months. The last thing that you want to happen is for your furnace to fail on you in the middle of winter when you need it most. If your furnace is aging, you may then want to consider having it replaced before it dies to ensure your comfort and safety. Yet how will you know when it is the right time to replace your furnace? Here are a few signs indicating that you may want to replace your furnace this fall.
Your System is 15 Years Old
A good indicator of whether it may be time to replace your furnace is its age. The fact is that most furnaces will last on average between 15 and 20 years. This means that if your furnace is over 15 years old, it is likely working much harder to heat your home than it once did. Not only can this increase your energy bills, but you also run the risk of your furnace failing when you need it most. Replacing your furnace if it is over 15 years old is the best way to ensure your comfort next winter.
Your Furnace Has Required Frequent Repairs
When trying to decide whether to replace your aging furnace, you should think about any repairs your furnace has required in the last two years. As a furnace ages, it will start to require more frequent repairs. However, similarly to an aging car, you will have to decide whether it makes sense to continue spending money having it repaired, as your furnace may be reaching the end of its usable life. If your furnace has required multiple repairs in the last two years, or it requires repairs equal to 50% of the cost to replace it, then you should consider investing in a new furnace.
You Can’t Keep Warm
Think back to last winter; was your furnace able to keep you and your family comfortable? If you were constantly turning up the thermostat and yet you could not be warm, this is a clear sign that your furnace needs replacing. Your furnace also likely needs replacing if your system was heating unevenly. If some rooms were freezing, while others were hot, this indicates that your furnace is failing and will soon need replacing.
Contact us to learn more about the signs that you can look out for indicating that your furnace needs to be replaced.