The winter months are here to stay and the need for the furnace will be necessary for months to come. Even when the weather starts to warm up a bit the house will stay cold and need to have a heating system even if just at night. The cold weather brings on the holidays and the weather that offers rain, wind and snow. That means that more and more people want to be sure they have a nice warm place to land at the end of a long day. The problem can come when you have a furnace that is not up to par or is not working well. You want to make sure you know when the right time is to replace the furnace. The replacement of the furnace can be done before the weather gets too cold but there are also times that it has to be done in the middle of the season. North Country Aire outlines some of the tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your furnace.
Age of Furnace
One of the things you want to make sure you keep in mind is that your furnace has an expiration date. You wouldn’t continue to drink milk that is two weeks expired and has started to get chunky. You also don’t want to use your furnace after it has been overused and is at the end of the expiration date. The furnace is something that can be used for about 15 years and more if it is maintained and when it is getting to the end of its life you want to start planning to replace it. Nothing is worse than for the furnace to go out in the middle of a cold night and you have to wait for a repairman. The better option is to make sure that the furnace is inspected and replaced before it goes out.
Frequent Furnace Repairs
Another thing you want to keep an accounting of is the amount of repairs that are needed. The furnace should be something that can heat the house every winter and should only require an occasion repair. As long as the furnace is tuned up and inspected each year it should last and work well. When you start to have to call out an HVAC technician often and the repair costs are becoming too high it may be best to talk to the technician about replacement. You don’t want to keep putting money into a unit that is not going to last and should be replaced.
Weak or Unbalanced Air Flow
You also want to make sure you are not dealing with an unbalanced temperature. You may start to notice the rooms in your house are not the same temperature. There are some that are reaching the right temperature and others are staying too cold. This balance problem is something that could be a sign that your furnace is not able to meet the demands any longer and that it needs to be replaced.