With fall now in full swing, every homeowner knows that the comfort of their home is dependent on how well your heating system is functioning. From freezing rain to strong winds to snow storms, the fall and winter can test your furnace, so it’s important to know when to replace it. Here are some things to look for when determining whether you need a furnace replacement this fall.
Check Your Billing History
A simple first step in making sure your furnace is functioning before the winter hits is to look through your energy bills. If the cost of heating your home has been increasing over time, it could be a sign that your furnace may be running less efficiently.
This goes for your repair bills as well. It’s important to keep track of how often you have had to repair your system. If your furnace has required more maintenance than normal or is breaking down especially frequently, this could be a telltale sign that your heater is failing and will require replacement.
Listen to Your System
Simply listening to your furnace this fall can help you determine whether or not it needs replacement. Keep your ear open for more buzzing than normal, as well as rattling or humming that seems out of place. If your furnace seems noisier than usual, it may mean your furnace has serious cracking or other structural issues.
Heat and Humidity
Feel around your home to be sure that your furnace is heating the rooms evenly and not affecting the air quality. If your furnace is struggling to run efficiently, it may heat unevenly and even cause excessive dryness in the air throughout your home.
Check Your System’s Age
It’s likely that your furnace was installed before you moved into your current home, so it’s important to check the age of your heat system. Look for the system’s model number or owner’s manual to determine how old your furnace is. Even well-maintained furnaces can reach the end of their lifespan at about 20 years, so if you find that your system is especially old, it may need a replacement this fall.
Another sign that your furnace has aged and fallen into disrepair is cracking and rusting on the appliance itself. When checking the model number, be sure to size up the condition of your system itself. Visible rust and cracking tend to occur as furnaces age, and they can be a major indicator that your furnace will need to be replaced.
Check For Excessive Dirt and Dust
Keep an eye on your home when your furnace is running. If more dirt, dust, and dander than normal are building up around your home, it could mean your system is running less efficiently and will need to be upgraded.
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