Five Warning Signs You May Need to Replace a Furnace
It’s getting cold, so that means it’s time to make sure your furnace is up to the task of keeping you warm this winter. Here is a checklist to help you identify the warning signs that this may be the year that you need to replace your furnace.
Your Furnace is 15 Years Old
A modern furnace has a typical lifespan of around 20 to 30 years. While it is advisable to consider shopping for a new furnace at around the 15-year mark, there are also plenty of ways to make sure you get the most out of your existing furnace. For starters, be sure you’ve got the breakers and shut off switches properly set. Also make sure you swap out dirty, clogged filters for clean ones that allow for proper airflow.
To save on your heating bills, one of the most obvious ways is to turn the heat down and wear extra layers. A programmable thermostat can be helpful too. All you need to do is program the thermostat to drop the temperature when you’re asleep or at work. You can also seal areas within your home that leak heat, such as doors and windows.
Energy Bills Are Increasing
Older furnaces have to work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bills and repair costs steadily increase. Even if there isn’t a noticeable repair that needs to be made, you’ll still come out cheaper in the long run if you replace your furnace with a more efficient furnace unit.
Room Temperatures Vary
As a furnace gets older, it can become increasingly inefficient until it loses the ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the house. As a result, some rooms can be colder than others.
Your Furnace is Increasingly Noisy
Furnaces can make noise, but if that noise gets louder over time, then you may want to consider a replacement. Possible telltale signs can come in the form of: rattling (this can indicate unsecured ductwork, loose screws, or even the furnace motor not being properly balanced), popping (this happens when parts inside of your furnace heat and cool in response to temperature changes), screeching (if you hear these noises, you should probably assume your blower motor or inducer is damaged or worn out. It could also be caused by a loose bearing, deteriorating belt, or an issue with the pulley holding the belt).
If you’ve assessed your system and determined that a new furnace may be in the cards this year, give Denco a call at (817) 691-6014 or fill out our online contact form! We’re here to help keep you and your family comfortable all Winter long.