It always stinks to have to replace a climate control system. They’re not cheap, and the replacement process usually means that you have to go without heating or air conditioning for at least a few hours. It’s even worse if the old system has broken down entirely, since it means you’re out of luck until you manage to find a new system and schedule an appointment. That could take days, which is a long time to go without something like a furnace in the middle of winter. It’s better to be able to identify that your furnace is getting close to the end of its life. So that you can have it replaced with as short a lapse in heating service as possible. Have a look below if you’re not sure whether or not your furnace is in need of replacement.
Consistent Upward Trends in Monthly Costs
If your furnace starts to cost more from month to month, even if you’re not using it more often, then you might need to replace your furnace soon. That tends to happen as a furnace gets older and wears down. The wear and tear on the furnace begins to cause the heating efficiency of the system to drop, which in-turn forces it to stay on for longer to heat the home properly. This will start to drive up the monthly cost. There is no effective way to counteract this kind of systemic efficiency loss, aside from replacing the system.
If you need to have your furnace repaired every once in a while, it’s no big deal. In fact, it’s to be expected. However, if you need to have your furnace repaired multiple times a year, you might have a much bigger issue on your hands. As a furnace gets older, the various parts inside it will start failing at an ever-increasing pace due to old age. A furnace that needs repairs every few months is a furnace that is very close to breaking down entirely. It’s a waste of money to continue repairing it at that point. You should just have a new one installed instead.
It’s Too Old
No system can last forever. The average lifespan of a furnace is around 10-15 years. Older furnaces tend to accumulate a list of chronic problems like those we’ve already covered, making them less and less able to efficiently and cost-effectively heat the home. Once your furnace gets that old, you have a choice: you can keep paying higher upkeep costs on your current system, or you can pay a higher upfront cost to install a new system and save a lot of money in the long run. If your furnace is older than 10, it’s a good idea to have a professional evaluate it for you and recommend whether or not you should replace it with a new one.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling provides furnace installation and replacement services in Independence, MO. If you need a new furnace, contact us for an appointment.