During harsh Minnesota winters, no one wants to be without a well-working furnace. Before winter hits, it’s a good idea to consider whether your home could use a replacement furnace. Here are some factors that will help you decide.
Age of Furnace
Furnaces are built to last many seasons. However, everything wears with time. The age of your furnace is a huge determinate of whether or not it needs replacing. If your furnace is 15 years or older, it may be a good time to consider a replacement. Start comparison shopping and speaking with professionals about a new furnace before you need one. Planning ahead can save you money and hassle. You’ll be able to make a more informed decision without the pressure of time.
Efficiency of Furnace
As furnaces age, they work harder to perform the same amount of work. This is also true if your furnace hasn’t seen regular maintenance. If you notice your energy bills going up, it could be that your furnace isn’t running as efficiently as it used to. This is an important time to get your furnace, at the very least, checked out and possibly replaced.
Signs of Trouble
Aside from age and changes in efficiency, there are a few other signs your furnace may need replacement. Noise is a good indication of a furnace on its last leg. Listen for any unusual rattling, squeaking, or banging coming from your furnace. If the rooms in your home are unevenly heated, some colder than others, it could mean your furnace isn’t working as it should. If you find yourself constantly adjusting your thermostat in order to keep your home comfortable, now is the time to think about a new furnace. One more sign your furnace should be replaced is that it’s needed several repairs over the past couple of years. While repairs can be cost-effective ways of getting the most life out of a furnace, after a few it might be time for an entirely new unit.
Furnaces are wondrous pieces of equipment that keep us warm and comfortable in cold Minnesota winters. If any of the above is true about yours, consider getting it looked at or replaced. For more information about furnace repair or replacement, please contact us.