We may be getting into heating season a bit later than the rest of the country, but we’ve finally gotten there! Before we get too far into heating season, it’s important that you take stock and consider whether or not you want to go through the rest of the season with your current furnace. If your furnace isn’t in good enough condition to get you through the heating season, it’s definitely better to replace it now than to wait for it to break down completely midway through. You should call a technician to examine your system for you, and provide an accurate evaluation of what your options are. While you’re waiting for that appointment, though, why not read on for some quick ways to tell if your heating system needs replacing.
Unusually High Monthly Bills
If your heater appears to be costing you much more to use from month to month than it normally does, it might be because your system is in need of replacement. The closer a furnace gets to the end of its life, the more efficiency it will lose to wear and tear. The lost efficiency will cause the system to operate for longer periods of time in order to compensate. While you may not notice the longer operating times, you probably will notice the effect it has on your monthly bills. Unfortunately, the only real way to resolve wear and tear related issues like this is to replace the system.
If your furnace is breaking down once a year, or even more frequently, you are probably going to need to replace it soon. That level of frequency with repair issues is often a sign that the wear and tear on the furnace has reached unsustainable levels. The longer the system stays in use, the worse the issue will get. More and more parts will breakdown in rapid succession, until finally something breaks that cannot be fixed, such as a compressor. You’d be much better off replacing the entire system once it starts doing this, rather than replacing it one part at a time.
The average furnace will last between 10 and 15 years, with proper care and maintenance. Once a furnace gets older than that, it will very often start to develop chronic issues like those listed above. This will make it less and less cost efficient to run, costing you more and more money before the system breaks down entirely. If your furnace is older than 15, we highly recommend that you talk to a technician about your options regarding replacing the system. You’ll save more money in the long run, and have to deal with a lot less frustration, by replacing your old furnace now.