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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

Replacing Furnace

A working furnace during the winter is more than 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. This is important to do before winter weather sets in. Annual maintenance can only do so much. Sometimes it’s better to get a new furnace altogether. 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 often maintained but they will not last forever. It is always better to replace your furnace before a catastrophic failure can occur. An emergency call to an HVAC contractor is more expensive than regular service calls. Homeowners should be aware of this upcoming necessary replacement and prepare for it.

It Will Be Cheaper To Replace Than Repair

You should replace your furnace when the maintenance and upkeep get too expensive. If repairs cost more than a third of what a new unit would be, it’s time to replace. This also includes factors such as your energy bills. Older units are not as energy-efficient as newer machines. Upgrading your furnace can save you significant amounts of money on heating costs. An HVAC professional can check the efficiency of your existing furnace. They can also explain the efficiency ratings of any replacement system. We will also explain any warranty that comes with each unit.

It’s Displaying Warning Signs

If your furnace no longer works or displays warning signs, have an HVAC professional look at it. Furnaces sometimes display warning signs that they are about to fail. As a homeowner, you should 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 not turning off 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 describes your furnace situation, it is time to consider replacement. We are here to help. Give Cahill Heating, Cooling, Electric, Plumbing & Sewer a call. We offer a professional evaluation and discuss your options with your furnace.

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