December is here again and it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the coldest. As the temperatures drop, now is the time you may start to notice your furnace is not doing its job properly. While the best time to check your furnace is before the weather gets cold, the second best time is now. Here are some ways to know if it is time to replace your furnace. Contact Altman’s Cooling & Heating in Titusville if you need a furnace inspection this holiday season!”
More Than 15 Years Old
Nothing in this world lasts forever, and your furnace is certainly no exception. Many times, if you are noticing your furnace not doing its job, it is just because it’s getting old. There are some resources that will tell you to replace your furnace every 20 years. Others may claim you need to replace it every 10 years. In our experience, the average furnace has a lifetime somewhere between 15 and 18 years. So, if your furnace was bought more than 15 years ago, that may very well be a good enough indicator that you should start thinking about purchasing a new furnace.
Heating Bill Keeps Rising
Heating bills are a bummer no matter who you are, but they may currently be an even bigger burden than they need to be. If you are noticing that your heating bill is higher than you are used to — or higher than in years past — then that could be a big red flag. Often times when furnaces are reaching the end of their lifetime, they become less and less efficient. This results in them being on for longer periods of time than they would otherwise need to be and thus raising your monthly heating bill.
Even if your furnace is not technically at the end of its lifetime, it may still be a good idea to consider buying a new one. Modern furnaces are much more efficient than those of 20 or even 10 years ago. The heating industry is constantly making technological advances, so by upgrading your furnace to a more modern model, you may be able to save quite a bit of money on your monthly heating bills.
If you are finding that you have to call a repairman out to fix your furnace multiple times per year, that is a pretty good indication that your furnace should be replaced with a more reliable and modern furnace. At Altman’s Cooling & Heating, we are more than happy to come and help you when your furnace is not working properly. It is possible to mitigate any issues your furnace may be having by having one of our licensed furnace repair technicians take a look at your furnace for a routine annual maintenance check, but if you are finding that your furnace needs more attention than that, it may be time to talk with our technicians about your options for replacing the furnace.
Thermostat Is Not Accurate
If you’ve ever come home to a house that is freezing cold, you know right away that your furnace is having issues. It may be less apparent though if you come home and your home is always a different temperature. If you are noticing that you are never comfortable with the temperature in your home, that is a tell-tale sign that your furnace is having issues. One possible problem could be your thermostat, and replacing that may also be a good idea — especially with all the high tech new smart thermostats on the market. But if you know your thermostat is working, this could be another sign that your furnace needs to be replaced.
Probably the most obvious and imperative sign that your furnace needs to be replaced is if you are hearing strange noises coming from your vents, or the room where the furnace is located. It is quite common for old furnaces to make such sounds. However, if you ever hear popping, banging, rumbling, metal on metal, or high-pitched squealing, you should never ignore these sounds and assume everything is ok. Call one of our technicians right away so that we can help determine if your furnace is safe. It is worth mentioning here that you should always make sure you have functioning carbon-monoxide detectors in your home and if you are hearing noises from your furnace, we recommend double checking your CO2 detectors — just in case.
Hopefully this list will help you as you determine whether your furnace can make it through another winter or whether its life has come to an end. If you feel like you are still not sure whether or not your furnace needs to be replaced, contact Altman’s Heating & Cooling in Titusville today and we will send one of our furnace repair technicians out to your home to help you make a more informed decision. Stay safe and stay warm this winter!