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 3 factors that will help you decide.
1. Age of Furnace
Furnaces are built to last many seasons. However, everything wears with time.
Your furnace age 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 well before you actually need one.
Planning ahead can save you money and hassle, and also help you determine what’s important for your home and family.
You’ll be able to make a more informed decision without the pressure of time.
2. 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 sign that it’s time to get your furnace, at the very least, checked out and possibly replaced.
3. Signs of Trouble
Aside from your furnace age and changes in efficiency, there are a few other signs your furnace may need replacement:
- Noise is a good indication that a furnace is on its last legs, so listen for any unusual rattling, squeaking, or banging coming from your furnace
- If the rooms in your home are unevenly heated, and some are 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 furnace repairs can be cost-effective ways of getting the most life out of an old furnace, after a few you might find it’s more cost effective to invest in an entirely new unit.
Furnaces are wondrous pieces of equipment that are vital to keep us warm and comfortable in cold Minnesota winters.
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