Sometimes, you reach a point with your furnace when you’re throwing money away by frequently repairing your system from constant breakdowns. When it seems like you’re fixing your furnace every year, it’s time to consider a furnace replacement.
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5 Telltale Signs You Need a New Furnace
Your furnace is built to last up to 20 years, but like any household machine, they wear out and a replacement is required. Here are 5 telltale signs your furnace is on the fritz and when you should call a furnace replacement company for help.
- The Furnace’s Age: If your furnace is over 20 years old, it’s on borrowed time. The older the furnace the more it breaks down and the less efficient it is.
- Sudden Rise in Energy Bill: If you’ve noticed your energy bills rise unexpectedly, it could mean your furnace is running inefficiently and costing you more money to operate.
- Buildup of Dust, Dirt & Soot: The buildup of dirt, dust and debris around your vents signals that your furnace is not running right and that you need to consider a replacement.
- Uneven Heat: Do you notice one room is warmer than the other? If your heater isn’t keeping the temperature even through the house, it’s a sign it’s failing.
- Strange Sounds: When your furnace makes buzzing, grinding or whining sounds, it’s a signal there’s a serious problem.
Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?
A furnace replacement is a big, expensive job that most people would avoid if they could. But sometimes, it’s better to replace your furnace rather than to continue repairing it. For example, if your furnace breaks down more and more frequently, you’re better off replacing it for a more reliable unit. Also, if the cost of a repair is 50% or more than the cost of a new furnace, a furnace replacement makes more financial sense. If you’re still not sure, a furnace contractor can help you.
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When to Call a Furnace Replacement Company
Although it’s wise to conduct routine maintenance on your furnace to keep it running optimally, sometimes even a tune up won’t help. Call a furnace contractor for help if you notice:
- Grinding or whining sounds coming from your furnace
- Hot air blowing instead of cold
- Pilot light not staying lit
- Strange or foul odors
- Total system failure