5 Signs It Might Be Time for a New Furnace
We all have to face the price tag of a new furnace at some point. And while postponing the investment for as long as possible seems ideal, our Tom’s Heating Service pros will tell you it’s important to replace older systems before dangerous breakdowns happen. Keep reading to learn about the top signs homeowners should watch for as their system ages and nears the end of its lifespan.
Age Isn’t Just a Number
If your furnace is 15 to 18 years or older, it’s closer to its end than you might realize. Yes, some furnaces can safely run for 25+ years with proper upkeep, but that likelihood is slim if you haven’t made annual maintenance a priority. Remember to schedule an annual cleaning and inspection, no matter your system’s age. It’s the key to maintaining an efficient furnace for as long as possible.
Repairs Are on Repeat
Keep track of how often you’re calling for repair service. If it’s annually—or more often—then it’s probably time for a new system. An occasional repair is a normal part of keeping your system running. But at some point, repair costs are better spent on a new energy-efficient system. Not sure when enough is enough with your heating system? Our knowledgeable technicians will help you make a smart decision.
There’s a Noise Maker in Your Basement
Whenever you hear rattling, popping, banging, or grinding metal, something is seriously wrong. Yes, furnaces typically become noisier as they age, but some sounds can indicate a dangerous problem, like a cracked heat exchanger. Schedule an appointment right away to have one of our pros find out what’s wrong, if it’s fixable, and if the repair is worth the price based on your system’s age and current condition.
Uneven Temperatures Never Even Out
If your home doesn’t feel warm and comfortable—even with the thermostat set correctly—your furnace is losing its effectiveness. Systems often lose the ability to heat properly and move air around your home as they age, which creates hot and cold spots. Don’t get stuck turning up the temperature and paying higher energy bills. Find out if maintenance or a repair can give your system the boost it needs to keep going or if it’s time to consider a new unit.
Heating Bills Are on the Up and Up
Keep an eye on your monthly heating bills. If you notice a steady rise, your furnace is wearing out and losing efficiency as it ages. If there’s a drastic jump, contact Tom’s Heating right away to find out what’s wrong. There could be a serious problem that needs fixing. Keep in mind, you’ll likely end up paying more in repairs and rising energy bills than it’s worth, so consider putting that money toward a new system sooner rather than later.
Trust Tom’s Heating to Take Care of Your Heating System
Whether it’s time for furnace maintenance or you think you might need a full replacement, you can trust the knowledgeable pros at Tom’s Heating. We know when a repair is enough to maintain a system’s safety and reliability. We also recognize when a repair isn’t the answer and you should put your money towards a new energy-efficient system from Carrier®. No matter your heating question or concern, you can trust Tom’s Heating—it’s where excellence happens on purpose. Give us a call at 262-548-1300.