Here are five signs that you may want to consider replacing your furnace soon, as it may rapidly be approaching the end of its lifespan.
Sign #1: Your Furnace Takes a Long Time to Heat Your Home
Does it seem like your furnace takes a significantly longer amount of time to heat your home than it used to? This is fairly natural, and it will always seem like it takes longer to heat your home when the weather outside is particularly cold. But after a while it may seem like your furnace has to run for ages before your home feels comfortable again.
This can partially be blamed on air leaks, which allow heat to escape from your home and prevent you from remaining comfortable for long. However, if your home is fairly sealed and your home still takes ages to warm up, it may simply be due to the fact that your furnace simply can’t produce as much heat as it did before.
Sign #2: Your Energy Bills are Growing Rapidly
Does it seem like your energy bills are surging? Increasing costs are normal (some sources estimate that energy costs will rise an average of about three percent per year over the next two decades), but a sudden, unexplained jump in your utility bills may be due to your furnace’s inability to make the most of the energy it consumes. This leads to longer run times, more consumed energy, and a lot of additional money out of your pocket.
This also could be partially blamed on air leaks, which allow the heat you’ve paid for to seep out of your home, but bills which are considerably higher than they were as little as a year or two before may be due to a furnace that’s wearing out.
Sign #3: Your Furnace Breaks Down Frequently
Oh, dear. The furnace has given out again, has it? If this seems to happen to you quite a bit, it’s definitely another sign that the time might be right to consider replacing your furnace. Ideally, a furnace should be able to go all winter long without a serious problem causing it to break, and at the most some older systems will break maybe once per year. However, if you find that you’re calling for repairs once, twice, or even more times per year than that, then your furnace definitely needs to be replaced. As parts age, they wear out, and worn out parts will likely need repaired, one after the other. As a result, you’ll wind up spending thousands on repairs that you could have otherwise avoided by replacing the furnace in the first place.
Sign #4: Your Furnace is Old
Do you know how old your furnace is? 10 years? 15 years? Older? There’s a good chance your furnace may need to be replaced just based on its age. Realistically, a furnace should only last you anywhere from 10 to 12 years with average maintenance and care. If you take good care of your furnace, including having it professionally maintained by a Tuscaloosa heating expert, you may be able to get as many as 15 to 20 years of life out of it. However, it’s not common for a furnace last much beyond 15 years before it will likely need to be replaced.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A furnace that’s aged is one that’s going to be far less efficient than before, and that means you’re going to spend more on it. Today’s furnaces are tremendously efficient, and that could wind up saving you a bundle on energy costs, as well as prevent you from having to deal with breakdowns and costly repairs. Plus, some new furnaces will be covered under warranties as long as 10 years!
Sign #5: Your Furnace Stops Responding
You flip the switch and nothing happens. Your furnace simply doesn’t respond. While this could be your thermostat acting up, it could also be your furnace finally giving out. Turn the system off and call a member of our team to discuss your replacement as soon as possible!
Schedule your furnace replacement by calling Banks Quarles Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electrical at (205) 614-5560 today!