Is It Time for a New Furnace?

BurnerWe’re getting towards the end of the cold weather for the foreseeable future, which means that now is the perfect time to start looking into whether or not you need a new furnace! It’s much, much better to replace your furnace now, if you need to, than to wait until later on in the year when everyone who needs a new furnace is trying to get one installed. So, how do you tell if you need a new furnace? Well, there are a number of different signs that your current system might be nearing the end of its life. Have a look below to help you decide about whether or not to replace your system.

Higher Monthly Costs

Heating bills naturally rise and fall with the usage of the system, of course. If your monthly heating bills start to rise higher and faster than you think is warranted by how often you use the furnace, though, then you should probably have a technician look at it. That symptom can often come up as a furnace gets older and wears down. The efficiency of the furnace declines, so it has to stay on for longer periods of time to accomplish the same temperature changes. This drives up the monthly cost of using the system. There is nothing to be done about accumulated wear and tear in an old system, aside from replacing the system entirely.

Constant Repairs

Even with consistent maintenance, you’re going to need to have your furnace repaired every once in a while. This is to be expected. However, it’s not normal to need to have this done more than once every few years. If you need to have your furnace repaired multiple times a year, you should give serious thought to replacing the system. Needing repairs that often is typically the result of the system just wearing out. The closer the furnace gets to the end of its life, the more parts inside it will begin to succumb. You can keep repairing it if you want, but it would be a massive waste of money and ultimately not extend the life of the system by more than a couple of years. It’s far more cost effective to replace a furnace once it starts breaking down that often.

Old Age

Assuming you take very good care of your furnace, with consistent maintenance appointments and prompt repairs when necessary, you can expect it to last around 10-15 years. Once a furnace gets past that age range, it will begin to accumulate a steadily increasing list of problems like those we’ve covered above. The system will become more and more costly to keep running, both because it will break down more often and because it just won’t be as efficient as it used to be. Eventually, it will break down permanently. If your furnace is older than 15, it might be a good idea to consult with a professional to see if now is the proper time to replace it.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides furnace installation and replacement services in Elgin, IL. Contact us today for an appointment.  

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