The Indiana winters can bring extremely cold temperatures. The last thing you want to do is return home to a frosty house. As we move into the fall season, it is a good time to evaluate your furnace to determine if it is time for a replacement before it costs you more in repairs than a new purchase or if it becomes unsafe. A comfortable and healthy home environment requires an energy-efficient and safe heating system.
So how do you know when a furnace replacement is in order? Since your furnace was probably in place when you moved into your home, reviewing these questions will help you determine if a replacement furnace is needed.
- Is your furnace more than 15 years old? The average furnace will operate reliably for 15 to 20 years. Scheduling your annual maintenance service will help preserve the life of your furnace; keep it running efficiently, reduce the chance of future costly repairs, and support the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Has your energy bill increased? Older furnaces work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bill costs may increase. The efficiency level of your furnace directly affects your bottom line. So, as winter season gets underway, be sure to check your monthly energy bills. If you’re paying much more than last year and the rates haven’t risen, the explanation may be that your furnace needs attention.
- Has your furnace needed multiple repairs? If you have encountered costly repairs to your furnace, you may follow $5,000 Rule to help you determine if it is time to replace your furnace. To figure, take the age of your equipment and multiply that by the estimated repair costs. If the number is more than $5,000, then you should consider replacing your unit. If less, you should probably repair it. For example: If your system is 10 years old and has a repair cost of $300 = $3,000. It’s probably right to repair it. If your system is 10 years old and has a repair cost of $600 = $6000. You should probably consider a replacement.
- Is your furnace making abnormal sounds? If your furnace is making new or unusually loud noise, it may indicate that there is a problem. Some noises are normal or may be caused by a relatively minor issue, but others can indicate there is major damage to the furnace, or there is a serious safety problem. It is best to contact a professional to inspect your furnace thoroughly.
Call: Nardco Heating & Air Conditioning: (765) 644-3358 to schedule a free estimate.