Okay, sure, you probably aren’t going to end up as an icicle without a functioning furnace this winter. Still, what’s the point of even having a heating system in your home if it doesn’t work properly? Typically, you can get by just fine by scheduling preventive maintenance for your heating system before the weather gets too cold. All heating systems have an expiration date, though. If your furnace is at the end of its proverbial rope, it’s better that you replace it now than to wait for the winter to get colder. Not sure whether or not your furnace could do with being replaced? Have a look at the signs below to help you decide.
High Monthly Heating Bills
The more you use your furnace, the more money you’re going to pay to operate it. This is rather obvious. But, what happens if your furnace starts to cost more to operate on a monthly basis even if you haven’t been using it that often? That could be an indication that you have a serious issue with your system. Furnaces typically have this happen to them as they near the end of their lives. The accumulation of wear and tear on the system starts to impact its efficiency to the point that it is forced to operate for longer periods of time in order to compensate. This drives up the monthly heating costs. If this is the case with your furnace, the only thing to be done is to replace the system.
Frequent Repair Needs
It’s not unusual to need to repair your furnace a couple of times over the course of its lifespan. If your system needs to be repaired multiple times a year, you need to call a professional as soon as possible. That frequency of repair issues tends to indicate that parts of the system are succumbing to age and wear. As more and more parts of the system begin to fail, the furnace will break down more often and you’ll need to spend more money keeping it up and running. Once your furnace starts to break down this often, it is typically best to just replace it with a new one. You can keep paying for replacing it one part at a time, if you want. You’ll save far more money in the long run, though, by installing a new system.
How old your furnace is will largely affect its susceptibility to issues like those discussed above. The average furnace lasts around 10-15 years, after which point it will become less and less effective at heating the home. If your furnace is older than 15 years, you should definitely call a professional and consult with them about whether or not to replace it. You’ll spend much more in the long run keeping an old system functioning than you will installing a new one.