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 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.
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.