Winter will be in Chesterfield, MO, before you know it. Is your heating system ready? Think about how well your furnace worked last year. Did you have to call for repairs? Was it more than once? If you’ve ever been suddenly without heat in the middle of winter, it’s not something you want to experience again. The team at Chesterfield Service lists the signs that it’s time to replace your furnace.
9 Signs You Need a Furnace Replacement
Furnaces tend to last 15-20 years, although some have been known to last longer when properly maintained. If you’ve experienced some of the issues listed below and your furnace is more than 15 years old, a new furnace may be in your near future. One of the expert HVAC technicians from Chesterfield Service can help you determine if it’s time for a new heating system in your home.
Repairs Are Becoming More Frequent and Expensive
Having a furnace repair once a year isn’t a sign that your furnace is reaching the end of its life. However, if your furnace needs multiple repairs in one winter, it could be a sign that it’s struggling to perform properly. If you upgrade to a new furnace, you’ll save on repair bills and energy bills. A new furnace won’t need to be repaired for a while, and newer models are much more energy efficient, so you’ll save on energy costs in the long run.
It’s More Cost Effective To Replace Than To Repair
There are a few components in your furnace that are so expensive to repair that they could cost more than a new unit. Your furnace technician from Chesterfield Service will let you know if it’s more cost-effective to replace your furnace rather than continue to throw money at it to keep it working.
Your Heat Exchanger is Cracked and Leaking Carbon Monoxide
You should have a carbon monoxide detector installed on every floor of your home, and one should be located near your furnace. This is because your furnace is a common source of carbon monoxide leaks in your home. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, call Chesterfield Service right away. It is likely that your heat exchanger is cracked and leaking carbon monoxide. This is a dangerous situation, and you should have your furnace replaced immediately.
High Heating Bills Without A Change In Usage
One of the biggest signs that your furnace is experiencing issues is a sudden spike in heating bills. Heating bills will rise as the weather gets colder, but if the temperature outside has remained fairly consistent, and no one in your home has touched the thermostat, but you see a sudden spike in your energy bills, it could mean that your furnace is struggling to heat your home thoroughly, so it keeps running more. There are several reasons for sudden spikes in heating bills, and they don’t always mean that your furnace needs to be replaced, but it is a common sign.
As furnaces get older, they commonly develop a problem called short cycling. Short cycling is when your furnace starts and stops over and over without heating your home. This is a very common problem that can be caused by many different issues. However, if you’ve had multiple furnace repairs because of repeated short cycling problems, upgrading your furnace makes sense.
Dust Coming From Your Registers
Needing to dust around your home occasionally is nothing to worry about. However, if around your registers you’re noticing big piles of dust and soot, there is an issue with your furnace.
Your Home Is Humid
The air generated by your furnace is usually very dry. That’s why we experience static shock around our house in the winter so frequently. When your home is humid, your furnace is having a hard time controlling the climate in your home and is not generating enough heat.
Home is an Inconsistent Temperature
Do you have some rooms in your home that are colder than others? This is a common sign that your furnace is struggling to heat your home thoroughly. This can be caused by an old furnace or a furnace that is too small for your home. Chesterfield Service can install a new energy-efficient furnace that will be the best size for your home.
Damage To The Furnace
If you notice rust, cracked, or corrosion around your furnace, then your furnace is pretty old and should be replaced. If your furnace has been damaged by any external factors like it has a large dent in it, replacing it is in your best interest.