How long your furnace lasts before requiring replacement depends on several factors, such as whether it was installed properly and how well you maintain it. A furnace on its last legs will give off certain warning signs. Be on the lookout for the following signs to determine when it’s the right time to start thinking about buying a new furnace.
Age of Your Furnace
The average furnace lasts between 15 and 30 years. If your furnace is older than 15 years old and has been experiencing problems, it may be time to start considering replacing it. The risk of such a furnace suffering a significant breakdown and continuing to lose efficiency is high.
High Repair and Running Costs
You can tell if it’s time to buy a new furnace by looking at your yearly furnace-repair and energy bills. It’s normal for a furnace to need repairs occasionally. However, if you’re losing valuable space in your budget to repair costs, it may be cost-effective to replace the furnace. If your energy bills in the winter are higher than they used to be, that could point to your furnace becoming less efficient.
A soft hum is no cause for alarm. However, loud pops, crackles, or incessant whirring may be signaling a dying furnace. A noisy blower motor may indicate the blower motor needs to be replaced. When you consider the high cost of the replacement part, it may be best to invest in a new furnace.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
A furnace reaching its life expectancy may worsen your home’s air quality. You may notice more dust or soot in different parts of your home, such as the surfaces near your registers.
A dying furnace may struggle to blow heated air to the parts of your home that are furthest from it. As a result, the temperatures around your home may be uneven, suggesting it may be time to consider buying a new furnace.
If you’re unsure whether the time’s right to consider buying a new furnace, you can contact an HVAC company for assistance. If you live in the Yuma area, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company for help with any heating and cooling issues, including possibly buying a new furnace.