Did your furnace act strangely this winter? It could be time to replace it. Here are the top signs that a furnace is reaching the end of its life.
Age of Your Unit
Furnaces tend to last around 12 to 15 years, on average. As they age, they will start to break down and eventually fail. Use, fuel type, climate, and many other factors can affect lifespan as well, but if your furnace has reached this lifespan range, it may be time to look for another furnace. Not only are repairs about to get more frequent, but a lot of time has passed, and you can probably find a much more efficient model that will help lower your monthly heating bills.
Generally speaking, a furnace reaches a point where it’s less expensive, in the long run, to replace the unit entirely than to keep on repairing an old model. If you’re looking at a particularly costly repair, or you’ve had parts break down in the past couple of years, then it’s a good idea to contact a professional or ask your repair technician about replacing the unit. You can at least get an estimate for a replacement if you want to compare costs!
Uneven Room Temperatures
Sometimes, the shape of a house or problems with vents can cause uneven room temperatures. At other times, it’s a sign that a furnace is struggling to heat your home and needs to be replaced. Did you notice that rooms closer to the furnace tended to stay warmer over winter, but far-away rooms didn’t get much heat? It’s time to have your vents, fan system, and furnace inspected to see if something needs to be replaced.
A Furnace That’s Always Running
As a furnace weakens and loses its ability to heat a home properly, it will start running almost constantly to match what the thermostat says. Now, this can be caused by wiring or sensor issues, but it’s also one of the signs that a furnace has reached the end of its lifespan, and you need to start considering other options.
Slowly Rising Energy Bills
If your heating was more or less even in the winter months, but you still saw rising heating costs, then it’s time for an inspection of your HVAC system. This is a sign that your furnace is starting to lose efficiency, and it may be a good time to look for a new model.
Weird Noises or Smells
Finally, if your furnace is making loud noises or you notice an unpleasant odor near the furnace, you need to do two things. First, shut it down, and quickly. Second, call in an expert so they can identify the cause. It may be something minor, but it may also be a serious furnace failure.
If you noticed signs like these in your furnace over the cold months, it’s time to take action! We service all makes and models of equipment, so contact us at Service Olympians today. While you’re getting your furnace replaced, don’t forget to have your HVAC expert inspect your A/C unit as well. Don’t be caught off guard by surprises in the warmer months!