Is it about time to upgrade your furnace? It's almost always best to upgrade your furnace before fall and winter; upgrading your furnace early leads to discounts and means you have the time to comparison shop. Still, it's a big investment. How do you know you're ready for a new system?
1. Your Furnace is 15 to 20 Years Old
Most furnaces have a lifespan. At the end of this lifespan, parts are going to start individually breaking down. Over time, you're going to have to spend more money repairing the furnace than you would replacing it. With that in mind...
2. You've Been Repairing It Often
If your furnace has been breaking down frequently, you may be spending more in repairing it than it really is worth. Either there may be some defect with the furnace or it's just be getting old. If it's younger than 5 years old, you may want to check with the manufacturer to find out whether it's still under warranty.
3. Your Heating Bill Keeps Going Up
Even if your furnace isn't breaking down outright, it may be slowly degrading. You can see this happen as your heating bill keeps going up. If you seem to be paying more every year, then a furnace replacement may actually save you money. Keep in mind that you need to look at the kilowatt hours used, not the raw cost, as the cost of energy fluctuates frequently.
4. Your Heating Isn't Comfortable
Your heating bill may be remaining static but you may find that your furnace just can't keep up with your comfort. If your furnace is working all the time but not keeping your home warm, it either needs to be repaired or replaced entirely.
5. You Experience a Gas Leak
A carbon monoxide detector is very important. Carbon monoxide can kill people if it isn't caught. If you experience a gas leak, then your furnace could be dangerously in need of repair or replacement. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless; if you don't resolve the situation, it could easily make you ill or even kill you in your sleep.
For most systems, you'll need to replace your cooling and heating system at the same time. If you don't, you'll just end up spending more later on because you won't be able to bundle the costs of labor and equipment. Your HVAC company can give you more information. If you're looking for an HVAC or furnace contractor, contact a local company like Bourke's Service Co.