Do You Need a Furnace Replacement?

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Well, fall is finally here, and that means winter is just around the corner. Maybe not just around the corner, but certainly only a few blocks away if we’re going to stick with that metaphor. We’re in an El Nino year, and while that usually means warmer, drier winters, both of those adjectives are relative. Snow will likely still fall and you’ll definitely still want to heat your home. Now is the time to check out your furnace and determine whether it can get you through the chilly season or it’s time for an upgrade. How will you know? Well, this handy checklist can help answer that!

 

1) If your furnace is nearing two decades old*, it could be time. While it may still be functioning, it probably isn’t operating at an optimal level. Just like an automobile, furnaces begin to need more maintenance later in life, and once you reach the point that the expense to repair exceeds 15-20% of purchasing a new one, it’s probably wiser to just purchase a new one.

 

2) If you find your utility bills are steadily (and significantly) increasing, it is a fairly solid indicator that an upgrade is on the horizon. As noted earlier, an older furnace won’t operate as efficiently as a new one, and this will be reflected in your energy bill.

 

3) If you begin noticing soot or rust around the home registers or furnace, this is a sign of excess CO2 – not only a nuisance to clean, but potentially dangerous. Other indications of a furnace CO2 issue include wilting plants, dryness that affects wood structures in your home, and itchy eyes and throats or headaches.

 

4) If your furnace becomes noticeably more audible, it may be time for a replacement. While a furnace does make noise when switching on, it shouldn’t be a startling sound, nor should you hear humming, screeching, or popping.

 

If you notice any of these issues in your home, we recommend calling an Oklahoma City HVAC professional to investigate and determine whether it can be resolved with a bit of maintenance or that you actually do need a furnace replacement. As always, we are here 24/7 to answer any questions

 

*Note: Different furnaces have different life expectancies, and you should always verify that number in your owner’s manual.