Your HVAC system has probably offered you years of trouble-free service, but as your system ages, it loses efficiency and effectiveness. This raises your utility bills a certain percentage each month, and lowers your indoor air quality. It also may start getting noisier as it ages, which can impact your quality of life.
So, if you have had an HVAC unit for over a decade, you may be at the point where getting a new unit makes the most sense.
The first question is always “should I replace the unit or fix it?” One or two fixable mechanical problems may not be enough to call for furnace replacement. However, if more than a few of the four signs below apply to your furnace you might just be in the market for a new heating system.
4 signs you may need furnace replacement
You have had to repair your furnace multiple times in the past 2 years
Furnaces typically will give you 15 years of service or more. With good maintenance, you seldom have to call a professional for any problems. It is typical, however, for the furnace to break down more often in the last two years of its operational life. If you have noticed such a trend with your heating system, it means the system is not capable of running as it should. Add up the costs of repair in the past two years and see just how much your current system is costing you.
Is your furnace more than 20 years old?
It’s the most obvious way of knowing that you need to start looking for a new HVAC system. If your furnace has 20 or more years of service, you need to seriously consider upgrading the system. Call for estimates now to get prepared. It is far less disruptive to upgrade your system when it’s done as a home improvement. You do not want to have to shop in a rush because the furnace broke unexpectedly. Since it’s a long term investment, buying a furnace should never be an emergency purchase.
Strange noises are coming from the furnace
Any banging, squealing, rattling, popping or other unusual noises are a sign that the HVAC system has a problem. Another red flag is a furnace blower that runs excessively. It could also be that the blower turns on and off at will. These are all signs that you should start looking for a new furnace!
Higher gas and electricity bills
As they age, furnaces become less and less efficient. The system has to work harder to get to the same amount of heating or cooling as before. This measurably bumps up your gas or electric bill, and is a clear indication that you need to get a new HVAC system.
Getting a new system benefits you as a home or building owner by giving you peace of mind and lower monthly bills. There will also be no expensive repairs or running costs to worry about for a number of years with modern furnaces and air conditioning units. You won’t be caught in the cold when the HVAC system breaks down in the middle of winter! Or sweltering because the AC went out in a heat wave!
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