Is It Time For a New Furnace?If it's not broken, don't fix it.... right? This saying may be true about a lot of things, but not your furnace. You might be thinking: 'My furnace is working! It's a little old, but there is nothing wrong with it!' Well, your furnace might be still be working, but it may not be working efficiently. Just because your furnace is sort of working, or working well enough, doesn't mean you should ignore problems. It is time to honestly ask yourself: is it time for a new furnace?
Start by considering some basic questions. First of all, how old is your furnace? If you aren't sure - find out! Keep in mind that the average furnace only lasts between ten and fifteen years. Some furnaces last longer and some don't last quite as long. It depends entirely on how well your furnace has been maintained and a bit of luck. Once your furnace hits that ten-year mark, though, it is probably time to start thinking about replacing it. After that age, furnaces tend to stop working as efficiently as they did before. Which brings up the next question to ask yourself: Has your energy bill increased recently?
Typically, if your electricity bill is soaring, your furnace should be replaced. After a certain point, furnaces start needing more energy to perform the same job. You may have noticed that over the past several months or even years, your energy bill has been increasing, even though you haven't done anything differently. Often times, this is your furnace showing signs of wear. If your furnace is getting old and your electricity bill continues to rise, then you may want to start thinking about your furnace options.
Another way to tell whether or not it is time to get a new furnace? Think about the last time you had repairs done to it. It may have needed more and more repairs done to it recently. This is a telltale sign. Typically when furnaces start to work less effectively, they need more repairs in order to continue working. When you get your old furnace repaired, you are merely putting a band-aid on the problem. As time goes on, those repairs will become more frequent and more costly. Once you notice that furnace repairs are becoming a regular occurrence, it is time to start considering your options.
Despite the signs, many homeowners are reluctant to replace their furnace. They can be costly to replace. However, after a certain point, it is necessary. When the signs indicate that you need a new furnace, don't wait to make a decision. It can leave you making an uninformed and costly choice. If your furnace is getting older and you've noticed some signs of age, start weighing your options now. It might be time to start thinking about what comes next.
If it's breaking - fix it! There are a number of ways to tell whether or not your furnace needs to be replaced. The age of your furnace, your energy bill, and the amount of repairs needed are all signs that a new furnace is in your not so distant future. So, is it time for a new furnace?
Tony Lester understands the importance of replacing your old furnace. He works for Heating & Cooling Ontario and has been involved in the furnace industry for over ten years. It is his vast experience that allows him to understand the furnace installation needs of his clients.