When to Replace the Furnace
Replacing a furnace is a major investment for any homeowner, and it is often delayed as long as possible due to the cost. Waiting until the last minute to replace a furnace, perhaps when it stops operating on a cold night or becomes unsafe, will only add to the cost. It will also remove any options for savings, comparing a variety of systems, or considering a change in fuel sources. Taking the time to plan for furnace replacement early allows homeowners to have more control over the type of system, the pricing, and the most convenient time for installation.
There are recommendations regarding the age of a furnace and warning signs that indicate when a furnace should be replaced. Paying attention to those will give owners time to find an energy-efficient system at a great price.The average life expectancy of a furnace is between sixteen and twenty years. If the furnace in the home is over thirteen years old, owners should begin to look into options and start saving money to replace it. In many cases, replacing an old furnace with a newer one, even before it breaks down completely, can save money on energy bills and furnace repair costs.
One of the warning signs of a worn out furnace is an increase in the number of repairs needed and the cost of those repairs. Minor furnace repair is to be expected, but major repairs could be costing more than the furnace is worth. If Edmonton Furnace Repair bills are adding up quickly, it may be time to replace the furnaces. More calls to an experienced company, like Canuck Plumbing Heating, for example, for problems such as strange noises, a malfunctioning thermostat, or delays in heat when turning up the thermostat, could mean the furnace needs replacing.
Another sign is an unexplained increase in utility costs, such as gas, electricity, or oil bills. A struggling furnace will require more fuel to operate. Other signs include increased dust or dryness in the home. A properly operating heating system will retain a certain amount of moisture in the air so, if the home is dryer or more dusty than usual, the air quality is poor.
Any increases in allergy symptoms can also be an indication of poor air quality. Headaches, fatigue, or nausea among family members may be due to carbon monoxide increases. That can happen when the furnace has cracks or leaks in it. That makes the furnace unsafe, and it will need to be replaced. If any of these signs are present, it is a smart idea to have the furnace system inspected by an experienced Edmonton HVAC Company.