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Let’s Talk about Replacing Furnaces: When Must We Do It?

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We may not be sure when our furnaces were installed, but we’re certain it’s been around for quite some time. Chances are it was already in our homes when we bought them. As time passes, we may feel it’s time to repair or replace your furnace. What is the normal lifespan of a heating system, and when should you consider getting a new furnace? Keep reading as we answer the question, “When must we replace home furnaces?”

Replace When: You’ve Got Higher Power Costs

If you want to lower your monthly energy costs, now might be a great time to upgrade your furnace. Newer systems are designed to be much more efficient than those from even a few years ago. Investing in a new furnace will help you save money and satisfy you.

Replace When: Repairs Are Too Costly

If you’re tired of paying for regular, expensive repairs to furnaces, it may be time to replace them. The cost of repairing old units can add up quickly, and you may be worried that the next breakdown will be more serious. 

New furnaces can be a more cost-effective option than trying to repair outdated systems, especially if repair costs are over half the cost of new units!

Replace When: You Hear Loud Noises

Noises from furnaces are a sign that something is wrong. It can be as easy as changing the air filter, but it could also be more serious such as a cracked heat exchanger. If this is the case, it can be dangerous and deadly as it could lead to a carbon monoxide leak in the home. 

If replacing the air filter does not help, it is important to have a professional HVAC technician take a look at the furnace. If it is in bad condition, it may need to be replaced for safety reasons.

Replace When: They Suddenly Power On or Off

Functioning furnaces normally cycle on and off as your home reaches the thermostat’s preset temperature. However, they might need replacement if they begin to turn on and off more (or less) often than they used to. Why? When essential components fail, this dysfunction will force other components to work harder, causing changes in the usual cycle.

Replace When: They Produce Zero Heat

If your furnace isn’t keeping your entire house warm, it’s time to figure out the issue. It may be a problem a repair person can fix, but if not, it might be time to get a new one.

Replace When: They Produce Yellow Flames

If furnaces exhibit yellow flames instead of the typical blue, that could indicate clogging in the burner or the flame sensor. This obstruction affects their airflow and can release carbon monoxide into the home. 

To guarantee the safety of your household, it is important to call a professional HVAC technician to assess the situation and determine if the furnace needs to be changed.

To Close

While proper furnaces last a good 20 years with regular servicing every one to three months, keeping them any longer won’t do you any favours. Your home may suffer from higher energy costs, frequent repair bills, or a fire hazard due to a malfunction. Replace the device even when just one of these signs happens.

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