Telltale Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Furnace

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The furnace is a main appliance in your home. It's the brain of your heating system and should be cared for properly. Maintenance tasks should be done such as changing the furnace filter every 1-2 months, keeping objects from blocking the airflow from your furnace, as well as cleaning the inside of the unit to prevent the buildup of dirt and other debris - all of which can hinder your furnace's performance. Even with the most well taken care of furnace, you may still end up with a breakdown. Some breakdowns can be repaired, but there are telltale signs that your furnace should be replaced, rather than repaired. See below for some of these signs.

Age Of Furnace

Furnaces can last for quite some time, however, if your furnace is over 15 year old, it isn't as energy efficient as it can be. That older furnace may work just fine, but you may be losing money and not even realize it. According to Energy Star, replacing an older furnace with an energy efficient appliance can be 15% more efficient. This can save you some cash over time. You can check the age of your furnace if you have an owner's manual. Check for any markings or stickers on the furnace itself, or call the manufacturer and give them the unit's model number.

Constant Repairs

Those repair costs can add up over time. Don't be nickle and dimed each and every year. If those repair costs are beginning to cost you a fortune, it may be time to replace the unit altogether. The investment will pay off in the end. 

Uneven Heating

If you walk into a room and it's hot, but another room is freezing cold, you may have some problems with your duct work or insulation, or your furnace can be the cause. Replace your furnace to prevent this unevenness. 

Energy Costs Going Up

If your energy costs are going up, due to your furnace having problems keeping up with heating your home, or your furnace continuing to cycle, replacing your furnace may be necessary.

Noise, Noise, Noise

If your furnace is beginning to hum, buzz, click or clank, talk to your furnace repairman about having your furnace and duct work replaced.

Call out your furnace repairman to discuss any of the above signs. Repairs may only be a short-term fix, replacing your furnace may be the better option, but definitely discuss it with a professional furnace technician first.

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