At Althoff Industries, our HVAC professionals are trained to do everything possible to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently and most of all, safely. There are points, however, when even a well-maintained furnace may need replacing. Here are 6 furnace replacement signs for which you should be on the outlook.
Furnace Warning Signs
- Your furnace is old enough to drive. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age, it is beginning to live on borrowed time. Even if your 15-year-old furnace seems to be operating properly, you may notice escalating fuel bills. Once you start repairing a fifteen-year-old furnace, those repairs can often become more regular and even more extensive and expensive. That’s not to say that a well-maintained furnace may not last five or ten years longer but it may at least serve as a sign to prepare for the worse. Like an aging car that seems to be in need of constant repair, there will be a time to consider replacement.
- Your home doesn’t seem as comfortable as it once was. This can result in a variety of symptoms: rooms having differing temperatures, noticing that you are constantly setting the thermostat higher, the air seems generally cooler, and family members are wearing sweaters and sweatshirts at dinner. Now, if your furnace is still young, it may just need a furnace filter change or other routine maintenance. If you have an aging furnace, however, it may be time to budget for a replacement.
- It is beginning to be the soundtrack of winter in your home. A well-operating, efficient furnace should almost be imperceptible when it is running. At the very least, it shouldn’t be attracting attention to itself. Rattling, screeching, clamoring, popping, and rumbling noisily are likely signs your furnace has an issue. Again, if it has reached that 15-year milestone, these sounds may be a cry for a furnace replacement.
- Your furnace seems to be creating extra housework. Your furnace is designed to not only heat the air but to at least minimally clean it through its filter. If you keep your furnace filters clean and are still noticing that your house is getting dustier and dustier, your furnace may be the culprit. It may simply be incapable of filtering the air properly.
- Your heating bills are climbing. If your gas rates have stayed steady and it is not an extraordinarily cold winter, yet you still notice higher gas bills, your furnace may be picking your pocket and it needs to go. Higher fuel bills are a common motivator for furnace replacement, which can ultimately prove to be a prudent decision as opposed to repair. If bills are climbing now because of an inefficient furnace, they certainly aren’t going to suddenly become cheaper.
- Your house has “never” been comfortable in the winter. If your home has never quite seemed comfortable during the winter months, the problem could be drafty windows or poor insulation. But, it could also mean your furnace was never properly sized or installed. Contact Althoff Industries and we’ll help you determine what can be done or if a furnace replacement will solve your problem.
Keep in mind, even when a furnace replacement is necessary it is not all bad news. A new furnace will operate quieter and more efficiently. Many of our customers experience savings that are so significant following a furnace replacement, they tell us they wish they would have done it sooner.
If you suspect your furnace may be reaching retirement age, call us at Althoff Industries. We will help you determine whether your furnace is worth saving or replacing.