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Temperatures are consistently below 10 degrees Celsius and your furnace is just starting to warm up for the winter.
In this time, you may have been able to notice whether or not your system is running smoothly. If you haven’t, you should before the real winter weather hits and evaluate your options to make sure you don’t need a replacement in the winter. Newer machines are always being developed and they tend to operate with a much higher efficiency than what’s in most homes today.
An older machine is also much more likely to breakdown, which can be expensive, inconvenient and even dangerous (for you and your home) depending on the temperature.
Fear no more! We’ve created a list of things to lookout for when transitioning back into the winter weather. Here are 6 signs that your furnace may need a replacement:
- Your furnace is over 15 years old.
Once your furnace has reached the age between 10-15 years of age, it’s always smart to start evaluating your options. Once it’s over 15 years of age, it’s time to start making decisions.
- There are visible signs of rusting around your furnace.
If there’s rust visible on the outside of your furnace, it’s possible that there’s rust on the inside of your furnace. This means that your parts are starting to weaken and they likely need to be repaired soon. Replacement can sometimes be a more viable option.
- Your furnace is requiring more frequent repairs.
Repairs are one of the most expensive parts of owning an HVAC system. When the repairs start piling up, it’s often more realistic to replace the machine.
- Your energy bill is rising, despite the same amount of usage.
Your energy bill is always a good indicator of how well your system is working. When your bill is rising with the same usage that means your machines efficiency is declining. This is more dependent on some of the other signs as well, specifically age. Otherwise you may just need your system to be serviced.
- Your furnace is a lot noisier than usual.
Unusual noise can be another sign of inefficiency. The rules from number four also apply to this.
- The rooms in your home are not heating evenly.
If your system is not heating your home evenly there could be a variety of problems. Your system may either be starting to develop inefficiencies and not be able to perform to the same level it used to, or it could just need service. If your system was never able to heat your home evenly, it or your ductwork could be an improper size for your home and will never run efficiently.
These are merely signs to look out for when thinking about replacing your system. If you have any concerns regarding these issues, it’s best to speak to a professional.