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5 Signs Your Furnace May Need to be Replaced

by KarlaMartin

Have you been hearing weird noises coming from your furnace or pushing the thermostat higher to keep your home warm enough? If so, your furnace may need to be repaired or replaced. Here are some tell-tale signs that you shouldn’t ignore to save money on monthly energy bills and ongoing repairs, and also save you from an emergency no heat call on the coldest day of the month.

 

Signs There is Something Wrong with Your Furnace

To determine whether you need to repair or replace your HVAC system, evaluate the issues you’re experiencing.

 

  1. Utility bills are on the rise.

Have you noticed a continual increase in your monthly utility bills? An energy leak, punctured unit, broken vents, etc., are all evidenced by a steady climb in heating costs. A tune-up can shed light on the issue, and help you evaluate whether or not you need to repair or replace the furnace.

 

  1. Your furnace is old and outdated.

If you notice a decrease in functionality and your furnace is over 15 years old, it is probably time for a replacement. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, but it will still eventually wear out. It isn’t usually worth making repairs to an outdated system because the return just won’t justify the expense.

 

  1. Your home always feels cold.

Uneven heating can indicate a broken system or an improperly sized furnace. If your furnace can’t keep up during cold weather, you’ll want to figure out why. If your furnace runs ALL the time, that is also an issue, but it could be with the thermostat and not the furnace. The best way to determine if you’re facing a fix rather than a replacement is to call a technician. Your technician will let you know if the needed repairs are enough to warrant a replacement quote.

  1. You notice odd sounds or smells.

Do you smell something burning? Can you hear creaking, whistling, or rattling? Odd sounds or smells could indicate that the furnace is broken. If you ever smell gas, turn off the furnace, ventilate your home, and call your gas company immediately.

 

  1. Small repairs are adding up.

If you have several minor repairs yearly, then it may be time to replace the furnace. HVAC systems have a lifespan, and minor issues with an older furnace indicate that the system is wearing out. By the time you pay for several repairs, you might as well pay for a new, energy-efficient furnace.

 

How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Furnace

Of course, the best maintenance is always preventative maintenance. Avoid costly repairs and replacements by scheduling routine maintenance at least once a year and replace filters regularly.

 

With the purchase of a new heating or cooling unity by Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical, we’ll include a full year of safety inspections on your heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems.

 

Call today for a complimentary estimate on a new heating or cooling unit at 303-928-8312 www.bellplumbing.com

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