Furnaces, when properly maintained, can have a long life. However, their longevity can lull us into a false presumption that they will last a lifetime. Don’t put yourself in the position of needing an emergency furnace replacement when you need it the most. Familiarize yourself with the signs of a furnace in need of replacement.
More than 20 Years Old
The life expectancy of a furnace these days is about 16 to 20 years. If your furnace is much older than that, you shouldn’t expect it to last much longer. Not sure how old your furnace is? Check to see if it has a pilot light. If it does, it is 25+ years old!
Utility Bill Spikes
If your gas and electric bill is suddenly much higher than it usually is – and your usage hasn’t changed drastically – this is a good indication that your furnace is puttering out. The efficiency and performance of furnaces decreases rapidly before they break.
An Increase in Repairs
How many furnace repairs have you made in the last two years? This one may seem obvious, but furnaces that are constantly breaking down are on their last leg. Consider how much money you put towards repairs. That money may be better spent on a new furnace.
Are you freezing in your bedroom but sweating in your den? Your furnace can no longer distribute heat evenly throughout your house. Start saving for the new furnace now.
Do you hear rattling, banging, or squeaking? Your furnace is trying to tell you something.
If your family has been getting sick a lot lately, this could be a sign that your furnace has an issue. If your family has flu-like symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, this could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning. This could be fatal, so take this warning sign seriously!
All of these signs point to a furnace that is in need of replacing or will need to be replaced soon. Anticipating this inevitable replacement and being aware of how soon it may happen will allow you to save for it as you are able. When the day comes for you to replace your furnace, you will be thankful that you saw it coming. The Northern Virginia HVAC company of Donmar Heating & Cooling is ready to inspect or replace your furnace and to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 703.457.8676 today.