When Does Your Furnace Need To Be Replaced

The cold weather is approaching, and while you might be ready for cooler nights, the fall season, and eventually the holidays – the real question is your furnace ready? Don’t wait for your furnace to break and be left chilly, let us help! Here are some signs that your furnace needs to be replaced. 

Repair vs. Replace 

This can be a difficult decision to make, especially depending on the age of the unit. A good measure to help decide is if the cost to repair the unit is more than 50% of the cost of a new furnace, you should replace it. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, we recommend replacing it even if the repairs aren’t astronomical. If it is starting to need repairs at that age, it is a trend that will continue. Make the investment, and get the new furnace to stay toasty this season. 

Change in Temperature 

Do you notice a change in temperature as you move between different rooms or areas in your home? This can be a sign that your furnace is not functionally properly, as it is no longer pushing air out evenly throughout your home. If this is a case, have your furnace checked by a professional, it might be a simple fix or time to replace the unit. 

Noise Pollution 

A certain amount of noise is normal for any furnace system. If you are hearing new noises, this is a time to be concerned. Some of these noises could present themselves in different forms, signaling different issues, such as: 

    • Rattling – This could be a sign of loose ductwork, metal sheeting or the lower section of the motor not operating correctly. 
    • Popping – When different part of your furnace respond to heating and cooling 
    • Screeching – this is a big one, signaling that your motor or inducer is damaged and/or worn out. Another possible cause of this noise is a belt wearing out, or a bearing being loose. 

All of these noises are a signal to call a professional and to start thinking about investing in a new furnace. 

Heating Costs 

The goal of any home owner is to have a warm home, that is heated efficiently and in a cost effective manner. If you start to notice that your heating bill is increasing every month, this is a sign that your furnace is no longer working right. The unit is having to work harder to produce heat, using more energy to heat your home. This is a time to do a cost analysis about replacing your unit based on the long term heating bill increase.