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6 Signs That It’s Time for a Furnace Replacement

Programmable Furnace Thermometer

We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that you aren’t a member of the unlucky crowd that has to make a sudden decision on furnace replacement or installation because it’s 12 degrees outside and your heater just died.

 

After all, a choice that will affect the next 20 or so years shouldn’t be made in an instant, right?

There’s no getting around that ultimately, nearly everyone will have to decide on when to replace their furnace. Don’t wait till the last frozen minute. Learn the 6 signs that it could be time to invest in furnace installation:

1. Your Heat Pump is 10 Years or Older

Age has a destructive effect on everything from hips to heaters. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if your heat pump (the unit that circulates the warm air) is inching up in years, you should start looking at furnace replacement and installation options.

2. Your Thermostat Seems Squirrely

If you’ve got the dancing thermostat syndrome (you program one temperature but get another), chances are it’s your furnace failing rather than the thermostat messing with your mind. Despite automatic settings, if your furnace is faulty, it can’t keep up with your heat demands.

3. The Age of Your Furnace is North of 15

The average life expectancy of a furnace is in the neighborhood of 15-20 years. If you think yours is older than that, check for a pilot light. Units that use them are often over 25 years old.

See Also: How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace.

4. You’re Having Too Many Furnace Repair Visits

You might really enjoy chatting with your furnace repair expert but if you have to pay for his company regularly, it may be a sign that your furnace is on the way out. Start thinking about whether furnace replacement would be worth the investment when you add up your repair bills.

See Also: Furnace Maintenance Tips for Longer Life and Efficiency

5. Your Furnace is Talking Trash

We actually believe the old adage “children should be seen and not heard” goes for furnaces, too (although “out of sight, out of mind” works perfectly, as well). When your unit starts making groaning, clicking, banging or popping sounds, or your blower stays on incessantly, the end may be nigh.

6. The Family Feels Sluggish

Older furnaces can often suffer from cracks in the heat exchangers. This can lead to noxious fumes being circulated through your house, causing headaches, nausea and general malaise. If this is happening, air out your home and contact us immediately.

Even though furnace replacement and new furnace installation are big investments, they are unfortunately inevitable. Stay ahead of your furnace’s warning signs and you’ll be more likely to make a pro-active rather than re-active decision.

 

Get the break-down for each type of furnace: The Real Costs of Replacing your Furnace.

Subscribe to the Welter My Shelter Air Tips blog for more furnace and air conditioning tips and tricks.

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6 Signs That It’s Time for a Furnace Replacement

Programmable Furnace Thermometer

We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that you aren’t a member of the unlucky crowd that has to make a sudden decision on furnace replacement or installation because it’s 12 degrees outside and your heater just died.

 

After all, a choice that will affect the next 20 or so years shouldn’t be made in an instant, right?

There’s no getting around that ultimately, nearly everyone will have to decide on when to replace their furnace. Don’t wait till the last frozen minute. Learn the 6 signs that it could be time to invest in furnace installation:

1. Your Heat Pump is 10 Years or Older

Age has a destructive effect on everything from hips to heaters. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if your heat pump (the unit that circulates the warm air) is inching up in years, you should start looking at furnace replacement and installation options.

2. Your Thermostat Seems Squirrely

If you’ve got the dancing thermostat syndrome (you program one temperature but get another), chances are it’s your furnace failing rather than the thermostat messing with your mind. Despite automatic settings, if your furnace is faulty, it can’t keep up with your heat demands.

3. The Age of Your Furnace is North of 15

The average life expectancy of a furnace is in the neighborhood of 15-20 years. If you think yours is older than that, check for a pilot light. Units that use them are often over 25 years old.

See Also: How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace.

4. You’re Having Too Many Furnace Repair Visits

You might really enjoy chatting with your furnace repair expert but if you have to pay for his company regularly, it may be a sign that your furnace is on the way out. Start thinking about whether furnace replacement would be worth the investment when you add up your repair bills.

See Also: Furnace Maintenance Tips for Longer Life and Efficiency

5. Your Furnace is Talking Trash

We actually believe the old adage “children should be seen and not heard” goes for furnaces, too (although “out of sight, out of mind” works perfectly, as well). When your unit starts making groaning, clicking, banging or popping sounds, or your blower stays on incessantly, the end may be nigh.

6. The Family Feels Sluggish

Older furnaces can often suffer from cracks in the heat exchangers. This can lead to noxious fumes being circulated through your house, causing headaches, nausea and general malaise. If this is happening, air out your home and contact us immediately.

Even though furnace replacement and new furnace installation are big investments, they are unfortunately inevitable. Stay ahead of your furnace’s warning signs and you’ll be more likely to make a pro-active rather than re-active decision.

 

Get the break-down for each type of furnace: The Real Costs of Replacing your Furnace.

Subscribe to the Welter My Shelter Air Tips blog for more furnace and air conditioning tips and tricks.

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