When Should I Replace My Furnace?

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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

Replacing Furnace

A working furnace during the winter is more than just a luxury. It is a necessity. The last thing you want is to wake up on a cold day to no heat or frozen pipes because your furnace malfunctioned. It is always best to replace your furnace before you have a problem and especially before winter weather sets in. Annual maintenance can only do so much and sometimes it is the better decision to get a new furnace altogether. In our professional experience, the following scenarios are when you should start considering replacement.

Your Furnace is Old

Furnaces, like all major appliances, have expected lifespans. They tend to last between 16 and 20 years, and if your furnace is around that age (or older) it's time to start shopping. Furnaces tend to last longer if they are professionally maintained but they will not last forever. It is always better to replace your furnace before a catastrophic failure can occur, which saves you money. An emergency call to an HVAC contractor might cost as well as any property damage or negative health effects that might stem from an aging furnace. Homeowners should be aware of this upcoming necessary replacement and prepare for it.

It Will Be More Economical To Replace Than Repair

Another occasion when you need to consider replacing your furnace is when the maintenance and upkeep get to the point where they cost more than a third of what a new unit would be. This also includes factors such as your energy bills. Older units are not as energy-efficient as newer machines and upgrading your old furnace can save you significant amounts of money on heating costs. A qualified HVAC professional can evaluate the efficiency of your existing furnace as well as explain to you the efficiency ratings of any system you are considering replacing it with. We will also explain any warranty that comes with each unit.

It's Displaying Warning Signs

Perhaps this should be obvious, but if your furnace is no longer operating reliably or display concerning warning signs, it's time to have an HVAC professional look at it. Furnaces sometimes display warning signs that they are about to fail and an astute homeowner can notice these signs before they become something worse. Strange noises are among the biggest red flags, especially if they are new in an old furnace. Blowing cold air or blowing constantly are other telltale signs that there is something wrong. Pay attention to any display indicators that might be present on the machine as well.
 
If any of the above scenarios describes your furnace situation, it is time to consider replacement. We are here to help. Give Cahill Heating Air Conditioning and Electric a call if you would like a professional evaluation and to discuss your options regarding your furnace or HVAC system.

 
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