Your Furnace Replacement Guide: How to Know When to Replace Your Furnace
You know when to replace the oil in your car once you’ve hit a certain number of miles. You know it’s time to replace that milk in your fridge by reading the expiration date. And you know it’s time to replace your shoes because they’re worn down and there’s a hole in the toe.
Luckily, it’s obvious when we need to replace many things in our lives.
But, this isn’t always the case. Take, for example, furnaces. Most people have no idea when they are supposed to replace their furnace.
And, this is a huge problem. Just as your car doesn’t run as efficiently if the oil isn’t replaced in a timely manner, so too does a furnace run inefficiently if it’s not replaced when it needs to be.
But, how are you supposed to know when you’re supposed to replace your furnace?
While many people don’t know it, there are actually a fair number of signs that let you know your furnace needs replacing.
What are they?
Read on to learn how to tell if it’s time for a furnace replacement.
- The Age
Perhaps the easiest indicator to go by is the age of your furnace. Generally speaking, the average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 to 20 years.
If your furnace is reaching that mark, it’s definitely time to start shopping.
And, don’t wait until it’s just past the 20-year mark to begin your shopping. Shopping for a new furnace takes time, and if you wait until the last minute, you’ll feel rushed.
If you’re not exactly sure how old your furnace is, check inside of it to see if it has a pilot light. If it does, your furnace is definitely over 25 years old and therefore needs replacing.
- Frequent Repairs
Do you feel like you’re constantly calling your local HVAC company to make repairs on your furnace?
If so, there’s a good chance that your furnace is on the final couple years of its life.
Furnaces are very similar to cars in that once one thing needs repair, so does another thing. And unfortunately, as a furnace ages, it becomes much harder (and costlier) to find the replacement parts.
Do yourself a favor, and put that repair money towards a new furnace instead.
- Your Energy Bills Are Steadily Increasing
Have your energy bills been going up without any explanation as to why?
If you’re not sure of the cause, there’s a good chance it’s your furnace. As a furnace ages, it needs to work much harder to provide the same level of heat as it did when it was new.
Instead of forking over extra money each month for your energy bills, put that money towards a new furnace.
Furnace Replacement: Is it Time?
Do any of these signs ring true for you?
If the answer is yes, then it’s definitely time to start looking into furnace replacement.
If you have questions about how to start the process of replacing your furnace, please be sure to drop us a comment below.
Or, get in touch with us today.