How Do You Know It’s Time to Get Your Furnace Replaced?

Here in the Pacific Northwest, winter can bring unpredictable weather which is why your furnace is so important. While we recommend replacing a furnace that’s older than 15 years, it’s important to know when it’s truly on its last leg.

To help you determine in you need your furnace replaced, here are some signs to watch for.

Increase in Heating Bills

Although it’s normal to see fluctuations in your energy bill from time to time, a sudden rise in energy bills that cannot be explained, may be due to your furnace. Older furnaces or furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly will require more energy to work. As a result, you will see drastic increases in your monthly heating costs.

Strange Noises

Furnaces will start to make a great deal of noise when they’re nearing the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is making loud and excessive noises, these are warning signs that there’s a problem with the motor or blower fan.

Frequent Repairs

Are you constantly having your furnace repaired? Replacing it with a new one is likely more cost-effective in the long run than continually paying for repairs.

Heating Issues

Is it taking awhile for your home to reach warm, comfortable temperatures? Are you experiencing uneven heating? Older furnaces will begin to struggle as the motor and blower fan start to fail.

Physical Damage

If you notice cracks, leaks, rust, or other signs of damage around your furnace, it’s time to replace it. These are naturally occurring as furnaces age.

Soot Accumulation

Older furnaces will often spew out soot, dust, dirt, rust, and other particles. If you notice more of these materials building up around your home while the furnace is on, you’ll want to replace your furnace. This is a sign that it has too much carbon dioxide, which will create dryness. You may experience an itchy throat, dry furniture, and wilting houseplants.

If your furnace is on its last leg, it’s important to speak with an HVAC contractor such as Apex Air to discuss your furnace replacement options. Our team of HVAC contractors has over 55 years of combined experience. We design, install, and maintain HVAC systems, including furnaces! Contact us today for your free estimate!