Only Mother Nature knows what this winter has in store for us…whether it will be mild or ferocious…it is always best to be prepared for the unexpected. The last thing you want is for your furnace to conk out when you need it the most. Unfortunately, if your furnace stops working during really cold weather, it can be quite uncomfortable, and possibly hazardous to your home and health. There is a chance that if your home heating system becomes inoperative it can be salvaged by a skilled professional…and we see nothing wrong with wanting to lengthen the life of your equipment. But just like the seasons, everything has its time. Don’t be left out in the cold this winter…know what signs to look for when it’s time to replace your furnace.
Sign #1 The Furnace is 16+ Years Old
The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16 to 20 years old. Some experts say if a furnace is 20 years or older, it is time to start shopping for a new furnace. Purchasing and installing a new heating system in your existing home can be extremely overwhelming. It is important to pair quality equipment and craftsmanship with a price that fits your budget. So it is best to not wait until your current furnace dies and then be in a rush to buy a new one. Depending on how the furnace has been serviced over the years, lengthening your furnaces life can be your best option – ultimately saving you money – not only from costly breakdowns, but on your utilities as well. A yearly furnace inspection will prolong the life of your equipment and possibly prepare you for the unexpected.
Sign #2 The Furnace Requires Frequent Repairs
A furnace is just like any other piece of equipment…a car, a computer, a lawn mower. If you are constantly having issues with your furnace and spending your hard-earned money on expensive repairs, it’s probably time to invest in a new furnace. There is no sense in pumping money into to something that is probably inefficient and hiking-up your energy bills. A new heating system may cost more money than a repair upfront, but will save you quite a bit in the long-run.
Sign #3 You Have High Energy Bills
As your furnace ages, it can become less efficient, especially if it hasn’t been properly maintained. While it may produce the same amount of heat as normal, it has to work longer and will drive up the cost of your energy bills. If you notice a spike in your utilities, address the issue right away. Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to keep your hard earned money in your pocket. One quick thing you can do at home this winter to increase your unit’s efficiency is to change your air filters (check every month and change/clean the filter every 1-3 months depending upon usage). Hold up the furnace filter to the light for a quick test – if you cannot see light passing through, it’s time to change your filter.
Sign #4 Your House is Heated Unevenly
Having a home that is nice and warm for you and your family to come home to this winter is not too much to ask. But if some rooms are too hot while others are too cold, you’ll find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat just trying to make the house more comfortable. If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider shopping around for a new furnace. Also, if you have noticed that your heating bill keeps going up year after year, it may be more economical to replace your system than to keep using an inefficient HVAC unit.
If you suspect an issue with your furnace that could require a replacement, contact The Barton Boys for a professional opinion. Also, be sure to ask about our Customer Assurance Program to set up worry-free maintenance each year at no cost to you! If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (509) 892-5300 today!