When Should You Begin to Think About Purchasing a New Furnace? How Can I Tell if I Need a New Furnace?

Ideally you don’t want to wait until the middle of winter when your furnace completely dies, leaving you in a panic with little time or patience to make a well thought out purchase. Here are signs that it might be time to think about a replacement:

  • The furnace needs to be repaired frequently, and repairs become more expensive.

  • The furnace is making unusual noises, such as buzzing or rattling.

  • The furnace is putting out dust, soot, or rust, especially around the register.

  • The furnace starts turning on and off more frequently.

  • The heat exchanger is cracked.

  • You’re not using it any more frequently, but your heating bills are skyrocketing.

  • Your house is heated unevenly, with some rooms warmer than others.

  • You see rust, cracks, or corrosion around the furnace.

  • You notice the humidity in your home rising.

Some of these warning signs may only indicate that repair or maintenance is needed. However, as they begin to add up near the end of the appliance’s lifespan, they can be signs that it’s time to replace the furnace entirely. An HVAC professional will be able to tell you if a replacement is necessary, and you can always get a second opinion from another contractor to ease your mind.

If you’d like one of our professional team members to evaluate the efficiency of your current furnace, estimate the cost of repairs versus replacement, and recommend a new unit that will meet your needs and budget, just give us a call. The decision to replace your furnace should be based on a careful assessment of all these factors and we’re here to help!