Signs You Need To Replace Your Furnace
An aging furnace tends to have frequent breakdowns, so no, it isn’t your imagination. Your unit is winding down to the end of its service life. You need a new furnace if:
- Your unit is over 15 years old. If you didn’t install your own furnace, check the serial number. Your HVAC contractor may be able to tell you its age by this number.
- Your energy bills have skyrocketed without explanation. Furnaces are one of the home’s biggest energy consumers, so it’s crucial to address high utility bills.
- Your unit is no longer achieving the warmth it once did. If you feel cold or are experiencing cold patches, you may have an air leak or malfunctioning thermostat. Outmoded technology is also a poor heat disseminator, so you might be due for an upgrade.
- You’re experiencing an unusual amount of dust or allergens. This might be a sign that your ductwork needs to be cleaned, but it could also mean your unit is permanently damaged.
- You’re picking up unusual scents and sounds. Cracks, corrosion, and banging can signal the need for a repair or replacement. A musty scent could be a sign of a dangerous black mold infestation.
- Your unit isn’t cycling correctly. Frequent or constant cycling could mean your unit is on its way out.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs or others, it’s time to consider replacing your furnace. Call Southern Pride Service at 301-932-4925 to learn more about your options!
When To Replace Instead of Repair
When your furnace has hit the 15-year mark, it can be difficult to decide whether to repair it or install a new one. There is no easy answer to this question. The blower motor and capacitator are the most expensive parts to replace. If these components fail at 15 years or later, it often makes economic sense to buy a new unit. Draft inducers, gas valves, and circuit boards can be just as expensive, but before you make an extreme decision, speak to Southern Pride Service.
Our knowledgeable technicians will provide an expert assessment. If your furnace is 20 years old, even an economical repair can be impractical. Once your system is at the end of its service life, a replacement is always better than a repair.