Fall and winter storms are looming, and therefore it is really important for you to prepare your home for the cold weather. One of the best ways is to have a furnace for your home, that would keep the home warm in the chilling cold weather.
As the winter season arrives, it's important to prepare your home for cold. Start by cleaning gutters to prevent ice dams, clean and store lawn equipment, drain outdoor hoses, seal doors and windows, and check the chimney. Also, check and ensure that the furnace is working fine.
Just in case, if you notice any of these five signs, it is a red flag that you urgently need a new furnace in your home.
Depending on how well you have maintained your furnace, and how often you use it, it will affect the lifespan of your furnace. Many furnaces will only last 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is old, it's probably time for a new one.
Rising energy bills can also mean your furnace is no longer working efficiently and can be an indication that it's reached the end of its lifespan. Another sign that claims the furnace reaching the end of its life is that some rooms in your house aren't getting proper heat or are heated unevenly.
To determine age of your furnace, review your owner’s manual or check the model number, which is usually located on the furnace itself.
If your local HVAC company is on speed dial, returning to make multiple repairs year after year, it's probably time for a new furnace. Check statements from your furnace repair company of choice, you may find that it's more cost-effective in the long run to purchase a replacement.
New standard natural gas furnaces can vary in cost from $2,250 to $3,800, depending on how complex installation is and in case you choose a higher energy-efficient model.
If you notice more dust, dirt, or rust particles around your home while the furnace is running, it is a definite sign that it's an old furnace in need of replacement. As your system ages, you may also notice rust or cracks in or on the system itself. This is also a sign for replacement.
If your furnace is unusually loud, makes a buzzing noise, intense humming sounds, or rattles, these are caused by cracks, leaks, or structural issues, which mean it's time to invest in a new furnace.
Humidity in your home is important in the winter. A proper balance of humidity is good for indoor air quality and can also help to protect wood floors in the winter when the air is typically very dry. If humidity in your home is poor, your old furnace is most likely the culprit.