Your furnace plays a huge role in maintaining comfort in your home during those cold winter nights and days. Like other necessary additions to your home, your furnace won’t last forever.
Thankfully, furnaces like to make it known that they’re on their way to being out of commission forever. That said, we’ve put together several ways you can tell it’s time for a new furnace in your home.
Getting to know your furnace is the best place to start when diagnosing if it needs replacing. Like many homeowners, your furnace was most likely already in place when you moved into your home. However, if you’ve lived there for more than 20 years without a replacement, it’s time to give us a call.
There’s no furnace that will last forever and most will only live to see 15-20 years of service. If you’re unsure of the unit’s age, check the owner’s manual, or look for a serial number and contact the manufacturer.
Check Your Senses
Like we’ve said before, often a furnace that is out of date will make itself known. Pay attention to your senses when it comes to your home’s heating system.
Take a look at your furnace. Corrosion, rust, or cracks in the surface are signs of old age. After that, look around the rest of your home’s surfaces. If you notice a higher amount of dust or debris gathering, this can indicate a blocked system.
Loud bangs and clangs aren’t easy to ignore. A squeaking or screeching sound usually means there is an issue with the blower or another internal piece. Other noises could indicate your unit has cracks, leaks, or other structural issues keeping it from working properly. Additionally, louder than usual cyclings indicate an overworked and tired system.
When turning on your furnace for the first time in a season, it is normal to smell something musty. But if your unit continues to smell for a longer amount of time, it is recommended you schedule an appointment with HRC Climate Services!
Your furnace is all about making you comfortable, so when something feels off, it probably is!
Here are some common issues with an old furnace and heating:
- Rooms are heating unevenly
- The temperature in your home does not match the thermostat
- The furnace repeatedly cycles on and off
- Your unit is blowing cold air
A big sign of a failing or outdated furnace is higher than usual energy bills. Compare your bills to the previous year’s. If your energy company’s rates have not gone up too much, but your bills have, your furnace is telling you something. For example, your unit may be working overtime when trying to heat your home to the desired temperature.
A new furnace, while costing you more upfront, may help get your bills back to what they once were, or even lower since newer models are manufactured to be more efficient.
If you’ve got your HVAC technicians on speed-dial, there’s a problem. More and more frequent repairs are a sign that your unit is begging for retirement!
Who to Call
For a professional installation, give HRC Climate Services a call. With our team, we will:
- Remove your old system
- Assess your heating needs
- Recommend the best system for your home
- Install your new unit
- Inspect the new unit to make sure it is working properly
Post-installation, we encourage homeowners to schedule yearly maintenance, tune-ups, and inspections of their entire HVAC system in an effort to help extend its lifespan and keep potentially large and costly issues at bay.