We’re most of the way through the winter season, so it’s a little late to be wondering whether or not your furnace can get you through it. If it’s gotten you this far, it can probably finish out the season without too much trouble.
If you are curious about whether it can serve you well next year, though, then that’s a bit different. If you’re worried that your furnace doesn’t have enough life left in it to get through the next winter season, now might be a good time to replace it. If you’re not sure whether or not your furnace needs replacing, have a look at the symptoms below to see if it might be a good idea to consult with a professional.
High Monthly Bills
You should keep an eye on your furnace costs from month to month, and consider calling a professional if you notice them start to rise faster than you think is merited by how much you’re using the system. Unusually high furnace bills might be due to the system getting close to the end of its life. As the various parts of the furnace wear down, the system will have to operate for longer periods of time in order to affect the same temperature changes. If this is the reason that your furnace is costing more from month to month, then there is very little to be done aside from replacing the entire system.
Constant Repair Issues
It’s not unusual to need to repair your furnace every once in a while. You should start to become a little concerned, though, if your system needs to be repaired multiple times a year. A furnace that breaks down that often is very likely getting to the end of its life. You can keep repairing it one part at a time if you want, but it would be much more cost-effective in the long run to just install a new system. Contact a professional to examine the system for you, just to determine if there’s anything else causing it. After that, though, it’s a good idea to replace it.
Assuming you take the best possible care of your furnace, under ideal circumstances, you can expect the system to live around 10-15 years. Once a system gets older than that, it will start to develop a range of problems like those we’ve already discussed above. As the furnace gets older, it will become more and more expensive to keep up and running. If your furnace is older than 15 years, now would be a good time to consult with a professional technician you trust about replacing it. You might be able to get a few more years out of it, but you’re just as likely to be better off by replacing it now.
Southwest Heating and Cooling provides comprehensive furnace installation and replacement services in Littleton, CO. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. We’ll find the perfect furnace for your heating needs.