If you have concerns about your existing furnace, you may wonder if you need repairs or if it might be time to consider furnace replacement. You will want to consult a professional for their opinion before your furnace stops working completely. Don’t let your family be stuck in the cold!
First, it is important for all homeowners to have a general idea of the age of their furnace. Often, the unit was there when you purchased the property, so this may take some research to figure out. If you have the manual for your unit, it may have the manufacturing or installation date on it. If not, you can call the manufacturer. If you give them the model and serial number, they may be able to tell you the unit’s age. When you are living with a furnace that is more than 15 years old, it is time to start considering alternatives because you are probably going to need furnace replacement sooner rather than later.
There are some signs to look for that indicate you may need furnace replacement:
- Look at the exterior of your furnace. If there are signs of cracks, corrosion or rust, it may be time to replace it.
- Your furnace has started making new or loud noises.
- Your furnace turns itself on and off more often than it once did.
- Your home is not heating evenly.
- You have new issues with interior humidity.
- You have not been using your furnace more, but your electric bill is suddenly higher.
When you are considering furnace replacement, it is a good idea to shop around and get at least three estimates for the complete job, including the exact specifications of what new furnace will be installed. The estimate should also include any changes needed to tie into the existing ductwork and the removal and discarding of your old unit.