Replacing a furnace can be one of the largest expenditures you’ll make for your home. It’s only natural that you want your unit to last its lifespan. But eventually, you'll need to consider a new furnace install because it’s not going to make sense to keep having your furnace repaired.
How do you know when you need to bite the bullet and purchase a new furnace? Here are the top four questions you should be asking yourself to figure out if it's time to invest in a new furnace.
1. Is my furnace effective?
Depending on how long you’ve had your furnace, there’s a possibility that it isn’t as energy-saving as the new models. A couple of signs that it's not in prime-operating shape could be odd noises coming from it, or you’ve been feeling many more cold and hot spots throughout your home.
Also, be sure to check out the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). If this number is low, chances are the unit isn’t efficient in using gas anymore. You’ll want a furnace with a high AFUE. Furnaces are expected to have an AFUE of at least 90 percent to 95 percent.
2. Have I kept up with the maintenance?
It goes without saying that if you take care of something, it’ll last longer. The typical furnace usually lasts 15 years. However, how long your furnace runs smoothly is determined on how often you have it maintained and how much you use it. If your furnace is over 10 years old, it may not be worth the expensive upkeep if you haven’t been properly keeping up with the maintenance. During the cold winter months, have you been changing the unit’s air filter each month? Have you had the yearly preventative maintenance done on your furnace?
3. Have I noticed a rise in my electricity bills?
Your furnace could be lacking in efficiency if there’s been an increase in your electricity bills over the last several years. Your budget will thank you for getting a high-efficiency unit now because you’ll be saving money later. So how much can you save? The savings between a new high-efficiency furnace and your mid-efficiency furnace is about $300 a year! If you keep the new furnace in good working condition, that’s a savings of $4,500 over its lifetime.
4. What other information should I consider before purchasing a new furnace?
There are two other factors that you should seriously consider before purchasing a new furnace. The first thing to consider is the fan quality of your furnace. Some are equipped with an insufficient fan design or a poor quality fan. This wastes electricity and your money. To combat this, take into consideration a variable-speed fan. It assists in preventing the possible creation of loud ducts and uneven heating. You’ll need to ask a licensed contractor—such as ourselves—if the variable-speed fan will perform correctly with your ductwork.
The second thing to consider is sealed combustion. If you have an older furnace, it’s likely that the burner isn’t sealed from your home’s air. This can be very dangerous to you and your family. The newer furnace’s burner is closed off from the home’s air and will protect you against carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Once you have answered all of these questions and you've done a bit of research, you’ll be one step closer to buying a new furnace. Please contact us with any questions, or if you would like more information on your furnace installation. Our friendly and professional staff will be happy to help and aid you in selecting the furnace that’s right for your home.
If you decide that you’re not quite ready for a new furnace, we’ll gladly perform any repairs or maintenance on your current furnace.