If your furnace could talk, chances are it would tell you when it was about to breakdown, or needed to be replaced with a newer model. Unfortunately, your heating system can’t talk. However, there are signs that you need a replacement furnace if you know what to look for, listen for, and watch for.
In this blog, we’ll review the signs that you need a new furnace. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, contact Comfort Air for a free in-home estimate on furnace installation.
Five signs that you need a replacement furnace in your home
If your heating system is getting up there in age, it might be time for a replacement furnace. However, what are the signs that your system is on its last legs? Let’s review the five signs that you need a replacement furnace in your home:
#1. Your energy bills have skyrocketed
As the years go by, your furnace needs more energy to generate heat, which can lead to a spike in your energy bills. In other words, you will be paying more for less heat if the furnace is not replaced or repaired.
There comes a time in every furnace’s lifespan when heating repair no longer makes sense from a financial or comfort perspective. It’s time to replace the system. When that day comes, you should really speak to the team here at Comfort Air. We can help you find an energy-efficient heating system that will save you on your bills for years to come.
#2. Your heat exchanger is damaged
The heat exchanger is the component in the furnace that actually generates the heat. Over time, the constant expansion and contraction of the metal due to heat can cause the exchanger to crack.
In many cases, the cost of replacing the heat exchanger is so high that it doesn’t make sense to just replace it. In fact—unless your furnace is brand-new or covered under manufacturer’s warranties—a new furnace might be the better choice, since you’ll get a boost in energy-efficiency and a fresh slate.
There is no scenario in which you should just leave a cracked heat exchanger as-is. In some cases, a cracked heat exchanger can emit dangerous gases like carbon monoxide. For your safety and the safety of your home, please call Comfort Air if you suspect your heat exchanger has a problem.
#3. Your furnace requires frequent repairs
This is known as the “money-pit” furnace. If your furnace needs repairs every winter, wouldn’t you save money by just biting the bullet and upgrading to a new system? We think so!
A good way to make this decision is to do some back-of-the-envelope math. Think: how much have you paid in furnace repairs over the past two winters? If the answer is over $100, it might be a good idea to think about a new system.
#4. Your furnace is making strange noises
If your furnace makes rattling or popping sounds when you turn it on, there is something wrong with it. It’s one of the most common signs of age, and it’s often the death throes of an old furnace.
If the blower also turns on and off on its own, or blows cold air along with making strange noises, you need a new furnace—pronto. Call Comfort. Our team can help you diagnose the issue and determine what your next steps need to be.
#5. You have a dry or dusty home
Your furnace does more than keep your home warm—it keeps the air clean as well. If your home gets dusty quickly or the air is dry, chances are your old unit needs to be replaced. Dry air can lead to sinus issues. Those sniffles might not be the beginnings of a cold.
Of course, you can best ensure that your furnace or heat pump is clean with an annual furnace tune-up from our team.