6 Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Replacement
No part of your Jacksboro home is everlasting, and that includes your furnace. Don’t reach out to an air conditioning and heating company for furnace repairs only because a furnace replacement might be just what you need to increase the energy efficiency of your home during the cold months of the year.
Signs of a Faulty Furnace
- Temperature Inconsistency – If each room has a different temperature and heat isn’t distributed evenly throughout your home, your furnace may be struggling to force heated air through the HVAC system. If this is the case, your home may take a long time to warm after you adjust the thermostat.
- Expensive Repairs – As your furnace experiences wear and tear, you can expect to require several repairs over time. However, if the need for repairs is frequent and repair costs keep increasing, you may need more than temporary solutions.
- Aging – Furnaces are expected to last up to 20 years, so if your furnace is getting up there in age, you should seriously consider scheduling a furnace replacement with your air conditioning and heating contractor. If you don’t know how old your furnace is, you can search for the age by finding your owner’s manual or looking up the system’s model number. Even if your furnace is still working at 15 years old, it’s likely running inefficiently. As a general rule, if the cost to repair your furnace is 50 percent of the cost of a new furnace, you should replace it instead.
- Strange Noises – Odd noises that are loud and persistent may indicate a big problem with your furnace. Squealing or screeching sounds suggest that there is a problem with the inducer motor or blower motor caused by an aging belt, a faulty belt pulley, or a loose bearing. Rattling noises signify an improperly balanced lower motor, unstable ductwork, or loose sheet metal or screws.
- Soot, Dust, Rust, and Dirt Accumulation – A collection of rust, soot, dust, and dirt is a good indicator that your furnace is in bad shape. A sooty or rusty furnace suggests an excess of CO2, and it can cause a decrease in humidity, impacting the woodwork, plants, walls, and furniture in your home. The extreme dryness can also lead to frequent static shocks and itchy throats, dry skin and eyes, and headaches in your household. A high level of CO2 is extremely dangerous, creating symptoms such as memory loss, fatigue, irritability, and disorientation.
- High Energy Costs – Rising energy bills constitute a big reason to replace your furnace because the greater costs add up over time. Increasing energy bills may signify a poorly functioning HVAC system, and your furnace may be the culprit. If you find yourself paying slightly more for energy and scheduling repairs a little more frequently than usual, you can probably wait to replace your furnace, but when the costs of energy and repairs get out of hand, reach out to an air conditioning and heating company as soon as possible.
If you’ve identified the need for a furnace replacement in your Jacksboro home but you don’t know where to look, contact the air conditioning and heating experts at Mike Graham Heating and Air Conditioning and Plumbing.