A well-maintained gas furnace can work reliably for 15 to 20 years but it will eventually need to be replaced. A furnace that does not get annual maintenance will likely not last as long and is at risk or breaking down before it should.
When your furnace is starting to get older and you think you might need to replace it, you will likely start noticing a few things. Here are 3 signs you need a new furnace.
Are you calling for a service call for your furnace every week?
You might notice only small repairs at first, but the longer you wait, the costs will get higher. If you don’t maintain your furnace and it hasn’t had proper annual maintenance through the years, you will notice these repairs sooner than later.
When you start needing regular service for your furnace and start replacing costly parts for it, you might want to consider replacing with a new furnace. oftentimes when you are replacing many parts and are paying for service calls, that mixed with the hassle of having no heat can be a reason to invest in a new furnace.
Are your energy bills soaring?
Prices for gas and electricity can fluctuate each year, but as your furnace gets older, the overall energy efficiency decreases. If you have had a furnace for 15 to 20 years, you can purchase a newer furnace that will be manufactured at a higher efficiency and with newer technology.
If you do notice that your energy bills are starting to increase and there have been no changes to your home, you might want to investigate how much it would cost to replace your furnace.
Are you hearing new, strange sounds coming from the basement?
When your furnace gets older, chance are it might start making loud noises as the parts and furnace ages. If your furnace is usually quite quiet and all of a sudden is making loud, high-pitched noises, call for service and mention these noises on the call.
Getting a new furnace is an item that many people hold off on until absolutely necessary, but that can sometimes cost you more money than if you simply make the investment to buy a new furnace.
If you start noticing these signs, take the time to meet with a reputable heating contractor and find out how much of an investment a new furnace would be. You might find out about rebates and potential energy grants that could save you money. Many HVAC contractors also have good financing plans so you can pay a low monthly payment for a new high-efficiency furnace.
Do you need more information about your existing gas furnace and have questions about installing a new heating system? Contact us today for a free consultation.