Did you know that repairing or replacing your furnace could save you hundreds of dollars on your next energy bill? Use the checklist below to determine if you qualify for either.
How old is the furnace?
If you are unsure, it is usually the same age as your home. However, you can also find this information in the product manual.
Does your furnace make any strange noises?
This is one of the most common indicators that customers identify when they determine that it is time for a repair. Any odd sounds are a good indication that something may be wrong.
Is the heat distributed equally throughout your home?
If one or more rooms are consistently a different temperature than others in the home, your furnace may not be functioning well.
When was the last time you had a maintenance performed on your furnace?
A great way to know if your furnace is becoming a hazard or using to much energy if to have a HVAC mechanic perform a maintenance on your furnace on an annual basis. A mechanic is able to analyze the safety and performance of the furnace while they are there, and will inform you if it is time to replace your unit.
Have you noticed that you are repairing your furnace more often than before?
If so, you might have a furnace that is getting older and the repair expenses could start outweighing the cost to replace with a newer, safer and more efficient furnace.
Is it efficient?
To measure your furnace’s efficiency, check your energy bills. If they are rising and your energy consumption habits have not changed, this may be an indicator of an inefficient furnace.
Replacing a furnace is an option that you should consider for a number of reasons including its age, the frequency of the repairs it needs, and the cost of upcoming repairs. If you have had the furnace for over 15 years then it is definitely time to consider upgrading to a new model. By doing so, you will lower your energy bills as it will be significantly more efficient. If you have to repair the furnace frequently, you may save money by replacing the furnace. If you are planning to stay in your home, your comfort may be worth the upgrade. Or conversely, if you are selling your home, a new furnace will provide added value to your property.