As a homeowner, you are probably already keenly aware of all the costs of homeownership. That’s why, when you can find ways to by deferring replacement costs for some of your home’s components (like your furnace for example) you are all ears.
This can often be accomplished by being vigilant for problems and being proactive with preventative maintenance. However, there comes a point that it doesn’t make sense from a cost standpoint to hold on to the furnace that you’ve got. But how do you know when that time is?
Some signals that your furnace might be approaching the end of its life are an increase of dust in your home, corrosion, leaking, banging noises, the flame inside furnace changing color to yellow, and uneven distribution of heat in your home.
If you experience any of these, along with the following common furnace replacement reasons, call your Dundalk, MD HVAC technician for help.
Your Furnace is too oldAlthough there is a range of ages that a furnace can still function well, depending on the make and model, as well as the size of your home, if your furnace is 17 or more years old, you definitely need a new one.
Furnaces are built to last anywhere from 10-15 years (even 17 for higher-end models). When you move beyond that, it is unreasonable to expect the components to keep performing. Age and wear and tear are inevitable.
Another age-related replacement factor: technology has evolved a lot in the last several years for energy efficiency in heating and cooling systems. That means you stand to save a great deal of money simply from an operational cost standing by replacing your furnace.
You Have Frequent RepairsDo you call the furnace repairman more often than the pizza delivery guy (or does it just feel that way)? If you find that you are spending a lot of time and money on furnace repairs that is a sign that you should replace it.
As a rule of thumb, don’t spend more than 50 percent on repairs vs. what a replacement cost would be (and that includes numerous repairs in short succession).
High Heating BillsDo you cringe when the mail arrives? Is that because your heating bills are continually getting higher?
That could be because your furnace isn’t working properly, or because it isn’t the right size for your home. Bring your heating bills down by replacing your furnace.
Learn more about how ongoing maintenance can extend the life of your new furnace. Call us today.