How is your heating system holding up these days? It worthwhile to fix and maintain the old furnace in your Indianapolis-area home? Or is it more economical to get a new energy-efficient model? There’s no one factor that can make this decision for you – short of a complete and total breakdown – but if you have more than half of the following factors at work, you may want to consider furnace replacement sooner rather than later.
Here are seven tips that can you decide whether it’s time for a furnace replacement:
- High utility bills: It’s not just the economy. If your energy costs seem to continue climbing, it may be that your older furnace is working overtime but not getting the job done. Furnaces have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, and typically, their efficiency drops over time.
- Less warmth and comfort: Over the years, your old furnace may have lost some of its ability to keep all areas of the home warm. For the longest furnace life, don’t neglect preventive maintenance.
- Frequent repairs: Besides the cost, repairs can be just plain inconvenient. Being without heat while repairs are done, or old (no longer common) parts are ordered, is not a lot of fun. It can even be a health issue in harsh winter weather.
- Dry, stuffy air: Older furnaces weren’t engineered to clean the air or manage humidity. If your home’s air is stale during winter months, with static electricity and excess dust, you’ll notice a big difference with a new, modern system.
- Leaks: If the burner flame isn’t steady and turns from the proper blue color to yellow, you could have a dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) leak.
- Strange sounds: If you hear any new or excessive banging or squeaks, or if the blower motor turns on and off continually, you may benefit from a new system.
- Old equipment: Home heating systems last on average about 15 to 20 years. If your furnace has a pilot light, it’s probably at least 25. Don’t wait for a major malfunction or dangerous leak to force you to make a hasty decision on a new furnace. Begin looking for a new system with features that fit your needs.
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