The HVAC system, including your furnace, is one of the most important elements of your home. It is a good idea to have your furnace evaluated before winter arrives, so that if you require furnace replacement, you aren’t stuck freezing during winter months waiting for a technician to arrive. Most furnaces last about 15 years with appropriate and regular maintenance. If your furnace is approaching the end of this time or if you don’t know how old your furnace is, it is especially important to save money towards a furnace replacement if you can and to keep alert for signs that it may be time for furnace replacement.
Here are some of the most common signs that may indicate it is time to consider furnace replacement:
- New noises: Grinding, clicking, humming and other strange noises are definitely a sign that you should call a furnace technician for an evaluation of your system.
- Frequent repairs: Generally, the older your system is, the more likely it is to need repairs. But you will have to decide if the cost of the repairs is worth it based on the age and condition of your system.
- Visible rust or cracks: Some old or damaged furnaces can release carbon monoxide into your home, creating a dangerous situation.
- Increasing energy bills
- Uneven heating
- Humidity problems
The older your furnace is, the harder and more expensive it will be to get replacement parts. It will also be less energy-efficient than a new furnace, so at some point, replacing your furnace becomes more economical than continuing to repair it and run it.