To replace or repair? That is usually one of the main questions we get about residential furnaces. While there isn’t a ‘one size fit’s all’ rule, there are a few telltale signs that your furnace is ready to retire. In general, you can expect a well-installed, regularly maintained furnace to last about 15 years. If your home’s furnace is at the 10-year mark, there are some key considerations to help you decide if it’s better to invest in a new, more efficient furnace, or when a repair will extend its life. Take a look through our blog to help determine if your furnace needs a pick-me-up, or to be laid to rest after all of its hard work.
If you aren’t sure how old your furnace is then there are some tell-a-tale signs to provide an indication that your furnace is ailing. Most notably, signs of wear and tear and bill irregularities. Other signs include frequent repairs, rising energy bills, unusual noises, and smells, as well as dust or soot build-up around the registers. Generally speaking, a furnace typically needs the most repairs in the last two years of its useable life. If the costs of recent repairs are 50% or more than the cost of a new high-efficiency unit, then you should consider replacing your current furnace.
A furnace filter’s primary job is to trap airborne contaminants from entering your heating and cooling system. However, because the filter removes contaminants for the system’s benefit, air quality also benefits from their removal. Changing the furnace filter is a critical task and one that is often skipped. Not only is this a detriment to your home’s comfort level, but more importantly, it is a detriment to the performance of your furnace. With a dirty filter, you risk compromising your comfort, energy costs, and HVAC system. Changing your furnace filter regularly will definitely improve the life and quality of your furnace. You can sign up for Crystal Heating and Cooling’s Air Filter Subscription and have your filters delivered to your doorstep.
As a general rule of thumb, a furnace should be cleaned once a year. This can be done with your regular scheduled maintenance. A yearly furnace cleanup will not only maintain the efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system but will also keep ducts from getting grimy and distributing dust and dirt throughout your home. If you are experiencing an increase in your energy bills despite not using your furnace more than normal, then dirt build-up might be the cause. This is because dirt build-up inside the furnace can cause it to overwork and make it consume more energy while also being less effective at heating your home.
Buying a new furnace is a major investment – so if this is the year you replace it – we’ve outlined some benefits for choosing a high-efficiency furnace.
If you have more questions about replacing your home’s furnace, then give Crystal Heating and Cooling a call! at 519-756-6888. We will be happy to answer all your questions and help you decide what new furnace is the best one for your home.