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How to Determine When it’s Time to Replace a Working Furnace

Helpful Advice from Your Trusted HVAC Technicians

During the winter, there is never a convenient time for your furnace to suddenly give out. A home without heat can create discomfort for those that live inside, as well as present some genuine safety hazards. In order to maintain the safety and integrity of your furnace, it is important to understand when it’s time to stop making repairs and instead replace your heating system entirely. While the answer to that dilemma will vary depending on the individual circumstances, there are some ways you can identify when a furnace replacement is necessary – even if still appears to be working. 

If you ultimately need a new furnace, the team at Comfort Solutions HVAC is here to help. We can provide you with energy efficient furnace options that not only perform better than the traditional models of the past, but can also save you money in the long-run.   

3 Signs Your Old Furnace Needs to be Replaced 

Most high-efficiency furnaces can last between 15-20 years. Of course, this depends on whether or not you had it professionally maintained throughout its life. If your furnace is still functioning but reaching the end of its life, here are a few reasons why you should consider swapping out your old furnace for a modern, energy efficient system: 

  • Age Matters: The age of your furnace is one of the biggest indicators that it may be time for a replacement. Even if the furnace is working after 10 or 15 years of age, it is likely to begin causing more significant problems for the homeowner. While frequently maintaining the system can help address these problems, the integrity of your furnace may lessen with each new repair. To determine how old your furnace is, look for the installation label where you will find the dates for when it was installed and manufactured.  
  • Repairs Are Adding Up: Furnace repairs that occur every once in a while, in addition to your on-going maintenance schedule are to be expected. However, if you are reaching out to your HVAC company more often because your furnace isn’t working, you may be spending more than you should at this point. Constant repairs will quickly add up and usually indicate that there is something wrong with the furnace. Investing in a new furnace may be a more appropriate solution and help keep future costs to a minimum. 
  • Your Furnace Provides Less Heat: If you are beginning to notice that your energy bills are skyrocketing but your home doesn’t feel any warmer, this may be an indication that your old furnace is losing its efficiency as it ages. This is especially true if your furnace hasn’t been regularly maintained throughout the years. Additionally, due to wear and tear, the built-in filtration and humidity control systems of older furnaces will not work as effectively, resulting in the production of hot and dry air. Fortunately, newer furnace models are extremely efficient which means you can stay warm, improve your indoor air quality and save money at the same time. 

If you’re continuously making annual repairs to try and repair your old furnace, it’s time to put an end to those avoidable expenses and consider replacing your heating system instead. At Comfort Solutions HVAC, we offer a number of home heating solutions including furnace installations, heating repairs, regular maintenance services and more. If you’re still unsure about what to do with your furnace, reach out to our licensed HVAC technicians who can help you determine whether your system requires only minor repairs or a total replacement. We are able to provide you with fast and thorough HVAC inspections and make suitable recommendations based on what we find. 

Avoid paying additional repair fees and improve the efficiency of your furnace by replacing it with a new one. For all your heating and cooling concerns, contact the HVAC experts at Comfort Solutions. Call us at 610-438-9300 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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