Are you wondering if you should replace your furnace to prepare for the coldest days of winter? We can help you figure out if you should replace your whole furnace and the benefits behind it.
Before You Replace Your Furnace
- Repairs aren’t always less expensive. Eventually, a furnace reaches a point where you could repair it, but repairs will be too expensive to be worthwhile, and buying a new furnace is more economical. Look up your furnace model online and check its age to see if it’s getting too old (more on this in a bit), and ask a professional if it’s worthwhile to keep making repairs.
- Encourage energy efficiency around your home. You can save your furnace a lot of work and extend its lifespan by making sure your home has proper insulation. Check your weather stripping and attic insulation to make sure no drafts are entering your house, and keep doors and windows closed. Remember, even turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees can help increase furnace longevity.
- Always narrow down the problem. If your house isn’t heating properly, don’t automatically assume that you need a new furnace. Check your entire heating system, particularly the ductwork, fan, and filter, to make sure that everything appears to be working as intended. If you are stumped, call in an expert.
Common Signs That a Furnace Needs to be Replaced
- Around 15 years or older. The 15-year mark is when furnaces start to encounter serious problems, and when replacing them is often worthwhile. This also gives the market time to introduce new technology that may be able to improve heating efficiency around your house, that way you can benefit from an upgrade in more ways than one.
- Loud noises. If your furnace is loud enough to hear around the house, something’s probably wrong. Arrange for an inspection to see if it’s just loose screws, or if there’s a big problem with the motor or other components. Serious flaws causing lots of noise indicate that it’s time to replace your unit entirely.
- Failure to heat. If your furnace can’t heat your house properly anymore, you need a new one. As furnaces age or start wearing down, they lose their ability to heat properly and start costing you a lot of energy just to heat the house to normal levels. Don’t let this situation cost you money in the long term. Instead, look into buying a new unit.
- Poor sizing. Furnaces need to be sized for the specific amount of space that they are heating. If a furnace is sized too small or too large, this can cause a lot of problems with the heating process and waste a lot of energy. It’s often better to replace the furnace if there is a serious sizing problem. Remember, sizing issues can also occur after a major remodel.
Want to learn more or make an important heating decision? Talk to the experts at Buckeye Heating & Cooling to get a free estimate to ensure your furnace is ready to go this winter season!