Before too long, you’re going to be relying on your furnace to keep your home warm from day to day. Most people prepare for the added strain that this will put on their system by scheduling preventive maintenance for it before heating season starts. For some systems, though, maintenance won’t be enough to get them through the winter. If your furnace is not up to the task of getting you through the next few months, it’s best that you replace it now rather than midway through the season. The best way to determine whether or not your furnace needs replacement is to contact a professional and have them examine it for you. Before that happens, you can also take a look at the symptoms below to help you determine whether or not it’s time to consider replacement.
High Monthly Operating Costs
If your furnace is costing more to use from month to month than you think it should, it might be because the system is in need of replacing. The longer a system is in use, the more wear and tear it will accumulate. This will eventually cause it to start to lose heating efficiency, which will force it to operate for longer times to accomplish the same temperature changes. You may not notice these longer operating times at first, but they will eventually result in higher monthly costs. Unfortunately, the only way to resolve this issue is to replace the system.
Breaking Down Frequently
It’s not unusual to need to repair your furnace every few years or so. It is unusual, though, to need to repair it every year. If your system is breaking down that often, it is almost certainly time to replace it. The various parts of the system are so worn out that they are starting to break down in groups. This issue will only get worse the longer you insist on using the furnace. Once a system starts breaking down this often, you have a choice: replace the system immediately, or replace it one part at a time over the next few years. The latter is exponentially more expensive than the former, and you will often need to replace the entire system anyway once something breaks that cannot be fixed.
Is your furnace older than 15? If so, then it’s probably time for a new one. That’s typically the maximum amount of time that a heating system can operate before it accumulates so many chronic issues that it is not cost-effective to continue using it. You might be able to get a few more years out of a system that old before it breaks down entirely, but you will save more money in the long run if you replace it now.