Furnaces don’t last forever, unfortunately. If yours is well cared for—meaning, properly maintained every year and repaired as needed—then it should theoretically last about 15 years. Beyond that point, it’s time to consider a replacement. But age is not the only factor to consider, though it is a big one. The Maynard Man is here to share some signs that it may be time to consider a furnace upgrade for your household. We are a trusted and reputable contractor for furnace services in Nashville, and we want to help you make the right decision!
The thing about furnaces, especially gas-powered systems, is
that the older they get and the more wear and tear they accumulate, the more
dangerous and inefficient they can become. That’s not to say furnaces are
inherently dangerous—they’re not! But with natural gas and the potential for CO
exposure, they certainly can become so. Read on, as we uncover some serious
signs that it’s time for a furnace upgrade.
We’re talking about everything from your monthly energy
bills to your repair costs. First, check out your energy bills this fall and
winter. Are they considerably higher than what you were paying this same time
last year? Or are you paying much more than your neighbors are? This is a sign
that there’s an appliance in your home running inefficiently, and your furnace
may very well be the culprit.
And then there are repair costs. Of course, running into
repair needs over the years is inevitable. You can probably expect to call for
professional repair services every couple of years or so. When you start
needing repairs more than that, however, or if your next repair is going to cost
over half of what the system is worth, then you are likely just wasting money
at that point. It would make a lot more financial sense to upgrade to a higher
efficiency heating system.
Your furnace should be able to heat your home evenly and
effectively. If you discover that the bedrooms are freezing cold but your
living room is hot and stuffy, this is a clear sign that something is amiss. It
may be a ductwork problem versus an actual furnace problem, so it’s important
to have our professionals check this for you, first.
As we mentioned above, a well maintained furnace system can
last about 10-15 years. Beyond that point, there are no guarantees that your
system won’t suddenly break down. Plus, it can suffer from issues of corrosion,
which can lead to cracks in your heat exchanger and harmful carbon monoxide
exposure. As we alluded to, this is less likely with maintenance, but once the
system reaches a certain age there is only so much that maintenance can do to
keep it healthy and safe for operation.
If your furnace is experiencing any of these symptoms, the
best thing you can do for it is to call The Maynard Man! Even if it’s a simple
repair need versus a replacement need, we can handle it for you.
Need a Helping Hand, Call the Maynard Man! We’re your trusted resource for quality heating services in Nashville and beyond. Contact us today.