As we get closer to winter — and the cold, bitter weather that it brings — it’s important to assess the state of your heating system. You don’t want to get stuck with no heat on a freezing winter day because you missed the warning signs that you needed furnace replacement.
Here are 4 common signs that your heating system is about to break down:
- Your Current Furnace is Over a Decade Old
Heating systems have a lifespan of about 10-15 years, so if your furnace is over a decade, it’s best to start researching replacement options. In addition to the risk of a complete breakdown, furnaces over a decade are extremely inefficient so your monthly energy bills are going to be higher than they would be with an energy efficient furnace.
- Increased Monthly Energy Bills
Similarly, if you’ve noticed that there’s been a significant increase in your energy bills while using your furnace, you’re most likely looking at furnace replacement soon. As furnaces age, they become less efficient and require more energy to keep your home warm. A sharp increase in hydro bills is a very likely sign you’re headed for a complete system breakdown.
- Visible Signs of Rust
If you can see rust on the outside of your furnace, there’s a high probability there’s rust on the inside of your furnace as well. As parts rust, they weaken and will need to be replaced or repaired. In this scenario, you have to decide if it’s worth it to keep spending money on repairs. Often times when your heating system requires a number of repairs, it’s more cost-effective to just replace the whole furnace.
- Uneven Heating Throughout the Home
A gradual decline in home comfort is another sign that you’ll need to replace your furnace soon. An old, inefficient furnace will have trouble keeping up with the heating demands of your home and is a sign you’ll need replacement soon.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, you’ll want to start researching furnace replacement options before the cold weather really hits. For any of your heating or cooling installation needs, choose Canada’s #1 online source for furnaces and air conditioners!
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