Is it Time for a New Furnace?

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Think it might be time to replace your oil or natural gas furnace?

We’ve got the guidance and help you need to make the decision.

How do you know when it’s time to think about getting a new furnace?

If your oil or natural gas furnace is 12 years old or younger, and has been properly maintained, you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing your unit just yet. But make sure that you maintain it properly and regularly for it to last longer.

When will you need a new furnace?

“Warning Signs”

If you experience any of these “warning signs”, you should consider replacing your furnace. Not all of them may apply to your particular equipment but you can use them as a general guide to gauge just how much life might be left in your furnace:*

How old is your furnace?

The average life expectancy of furnaces today is between 16 and 20 years. If yours is close to this age or older, it’s smart to start looking for a new one. Planning ahead and not doing this in a panic or emergency ensures that you make a smart decision rather than a quick or rash one. Furnace lifespan varies based on its operating environment but having it serviced regularly by a qualified technician lets them properly assess the condition of the furnace which helps you by recommending the best solutions.

Are your energy bills going up?

Furnaces often lose efficiency as they age, particularly if they have not been properly maintained. This means your oil or natural gas furnace could run longer to provide the same amount of heat, which leads to rising energy bills. When you think about the higher energy utility company bills that you’ll pay every month, those funds could be used to help buy a new, much more energy-efficient furnace to help you save over time.

How many times has your furnace been repaired in the past 2 years?

Furnaces incur most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives and you can easily spend $500 just to keep an old oil or natural gas furnace operating. Another warning sign is waiting for replacement parts during any repair job. As a furnace gets older, it can become more problematic to find parts.

Does your thermostat keep your home at the right temperature?

Rooms that are too cold, others that are too hot and constantly adjusting your thermostat to make your home more comfortable are signs that your furnace cannot properly distribute the air required to keep your home comfortable.

If you have a natural gas furnace, is the burner flame yellow rather than blue?

If you have a natural gas or propane furnace, a yellow or flickering flame in a natural gas or propane furnace may be a sign that poisonous carbon monoxide is being created. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide issues are:

  • Streaks of soot around furnace
  • Absence of an upward draft in your chimney
  • Excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces
  • Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks
  • Small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
  • Rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible from the outside

Every heating system comes with the risk of carbon monoxide emissions but owners of older, chimney-vented oil-fired furnaces don’t necessarily have the same safety concerns of those powered by natural gas and propane. Oil-fired boilers and forced-air furnaces are much less likely to produce carbon monoxide because they were built like tanks and require regular annual maintenance and cleaning by a qualified service technician. Units like these can function safely and reliably for decades. However, always be mindful and monitor your furnace for any of the signs noted above and make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home, particularly close to your furnace room.

How are you and anyone living in your home feeling?

An older furnace may develop cracks in the heat exchanger inside the unit. These can occur undetected which is why you should not wait until they occur. If this happens in your furnace, it means that carbon monoxide could leak into your home undetected. Signs that this is happening include, frequent headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation or flu-like symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, air out your house, open a window to the furnace room and call a service technician immediately!

Does your furnace make weird noises?

The older the furnace, the more likely it is to make weird noises as it struggles toward the end of its life. If you hear any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises it may be a sign that you need to replace your furnace. You might also hear the furnace blower running excessively, turn on and off frequently or blow cold air. These are also warning signs that a new furnace is a good idea.

Have your noticed that your house is dry or dusty?

Sometimes older furnaces lose the ability to moisturize and clean the air, making your house feel stuffy or stale. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, viruses or dander, or has dry nose, dry throat and dry skin, these may be indicators that your furnace isn’t doing what it should to process healthier air. Other signs of this problem may include dust accumulation, static shocks, drooping plants, furniture cracking and musical instruments that do not stay in tune. While these sound trivial and maybe even silly, they all indicate that your old furnace is not capable of providing you with the comfort and safety you need. However, poor indoor air quality may also not be associated with on old furnace. Bad ventilation and other reasons can cause it, too. Please contact us to have one of our service technicians assess your situation as we may have other air quality services and solutions to help you.

Any of these warning signs apply to you? Think it’s time for a new furnace?
Don’t despair. It could end up helping you save!

A new furnace is one of the most substantial home ownership costs but it should also be viewed as a smart, long-term investment. New furnaces are much more energy-efficient than those installed even 20 years ago. It may be a short-term major expense but buying a new, more energy-efficient home heating system has the potential to save you money in the longer-term by reducing annual energy costs. By having us install a new home furnace or heating system, you will also improve your home’s value, enjoy fast installation and professional training and qualified customers can even take advantage of some great financing options.

You can rely on us for all of your furnace maintenance and repair needs, too.

Our multiple service contract and protection plan options provide you with the tune-up, repair and maintenance coverage to help you protect your furnace investment. All backed by around the clock service and support – in any weather!

If you think you need a new furnace, contact us today to have one of our technicians assess your heating system. Call 1.877.263.7780 now!

You can also make sure that your current furnace is operating efficiently by scheduling a tune-up.

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