When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
Furnaces need frequent repairs and tons of maintenance. Most homeowners will wait until they’ve encountered a big problem before calling a professional, so the maintenance can be difficult to keep up with. The only way to make sure your furnace lasts as long as possible is to have inspections and tune-ups, which our Montgomery County contractors recommend you have at least annually. But even with frequent repairs, inspections, and tune-ups you’ll eventually need to replace your furnace. Here are some of the signs that it’s time for a Montgomery County furnace replacement:
The age of the furnace.
Well-maintained furnaces will typically last twenty to thirty years. That number can vary based on how often you have your furnace repaired. If a furnace goes for a long enough time needing repairs, you’ll see that number drop by 50%. Once your furnace is ten or fifteen years old, it’s time to start considering whether you need a replacement. You should start monitoring your heating bills and looking at your furnace for other signs. And, of course, it’s never a bad idea to have a professional Montgomery County contractor inspect the unit.
Rising heating bills.
If your heating bills are rising and you’re not using your furnace any more frequently, it could be time for a replacement. Furnaces will start to lose efficiency as they age, and that can end up costing you a lot. If you’re noticing higher energy bills it’s worth considering a replacement.
Our Montgomery County contractors can inspect your furnace to see if it is time for a replacement, or if you simply need repairs or a tune-up. If we can’t solve the problem, we can help you with a replacement.
Sounds and visual cues.
Your furnace will start to show you signs if it’s going to break down soon. Looking and listening for these can give you a clue that it’s time to replace it. If your furnace is making clicking or buzzing noises, it at least needs a repair. And if you notice soot, rust, or moisture leaks, you’ll also need a professional to look into it to see if you just need repairs or if your furnace is on the out. If you notice any of these signs, call a professional immediately.
Heating with oil.
If you’re heating with oil instead of gas, it’s time to make a change. Oil is less efficient than gas, and it’s also much more expensive. If you can’t convert your furnace from oil to gas, you can have your furnace replaced. It’ll save you tons of money on energy costs and py for itself quickly.
These are only some examples, and if you don’t notice them, that’s no guarantee that you don’t need a replacement. Only a professional can accurately determine whether you need to replace your Montgomery County furnace or not.
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