Winter temperatures have arrived in Greensboro, NC, and you’ll turn to your furnace to keep your home warm and comfortable. Like other mechanical systems, furnaces eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of these common signs, it’s time to schedule a furnace replacement.

Age

The lifespan of a furnace is about 15 years, explains Energy Star. If your furnace is older than this, it’s not as efficient or quiet as today’s newest home heating systems. As the furnace ages, rust and corrosion can lead to cracks and combustion chamber seal failure. Old furnaces are also more prone to sudden failure.

Frequent or Costly Repairs

As furnaces age, wear and tear causes critical parts to fail. You might find yourself having the thermocouple or ignition replaced one month only to have the blower motor go bad the next month. A good rule of thumb is to replace the heating system if repair costs equal more than one-quarter the cost of a new furnace and your current furnace is 15 years old.

Poor Temperature Control

When one or more rooms of your home are too cold or too hot, it’s time for a furnace replacement. Aging furnaces lose effectiveness at consistently heating your home. If you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat because of irregular heating, a new furnace will provide a more comfortable indoor environment.

Increasing Energy Bills

Ineffective furnaces have to cycle more frequently to heat your home. If a part begins to fail, the furnace may start short cycling. These situations lead to excessively high utility bills. A new furnace that includes energy-efficient features, such as a variable-speed motor and heat recovery ventilator, will lower your monthly heating costs and improve your comfort. You could lower your monthly utility bills by 15% or more by choosing an Energy Star-certified furnace.

To learn more about the signs that it could be time for a furnace replacement, take a look at Total Heating & Cooling, Inc.’s heating services, or contact our home heating professionals today.

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