Due to the time commitment and expense required in replacing major home appliances, homeowners will often wait until their furnace fails working completely to have it replaced. However, this can be problematic for several reasons. Firstly, finding the best furnace, and the best contractor to install it, takes time. Waiting for your furnace to die to replace it could force you to rush to have it replaced, which could cause you to spend more money than if you had had the time to do the proper research when looking for a replacement. Furthermore, with winter around the corner, your furnace dying could leave you and your family with a few unpleasantly cold days while you scramble to have your furnace replaced. For this reason, you should be aware of the signs that your furnace may be reaching the end of its useable life so that you can have it replaced before it quits working entirely. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for that can indicate that you may be in need of heating installation NJ.
Your Furnace is Over 15 Years Old
In many cases, age can be a good indicator that you may need to have your furnace replaced in the near future. Consumer Reports estimates that the average furnace lasts about 15-18 years. However, after a furnace has been in service for 15 years, it is likely that it will not be as energy-efficient as it once was -not to mention that modern models would be more efficient than your current furnace ever was- and that it may soon require frequent, costly repairs. Having your furnace replaced after 15 years will help save you money on your energy bills, and will ensure the reliability of your furnace throughout the coming winter.
It Has Required Frequent Repairs
Just as with a car, frequent costly repairs can indicate that it may be time to consider having your furnace replaced. If your furnace has needed multiple repairs in the last several years, you will want to weigh the costs of continued repairs versus the initial cost of replacement. The fact is that as your furnace continues to age, the repairs will only become more frequent and more costly, and it can become more cost-effective to replace your furnace than to attempt to extend the life of your current system.
Increased Heating Bills
One of the easiest signs to detect that can indicate a problem with your furnace is if you notice a sudden increase in your heating bills. As your furnace ages, it will have to work harder to heat, and maintain the temperature within, your home. This can cause a sharp increase in the cost of your heating bills. While repairs can occasionally fix this problem, if you furnace is older, the problem is likely only to worsen. Having your furnace replaced will increase the energy efficiency of your home, and will gradually save you enough on your energy bills to recoup the cost of replacing your furnace.
While it is understandable for homeowners to wish to extend the life of their furnace as long as possible, there will come a point when continuing to use an old furnace becomes impractically expensive. Furthermore, continuing to use a dying furnace will put you at risk of being without heating during the coldest part of winter should it fail on you without warning. Thusly, knowing the signs that can indicate that your furnace needs replacement before it dies can save you time, stress, and money in the long run. Contact us at 866-427-2853 to find out about more of the signs that can indicate that your furnace may be in need of replacement, as well as for advice on whether you should consider having your furnace replaced.