Some breakdowns are worse than others.
If you had to choose a time for your car to malfunction, you’d probably pick “In my driveway” and not “On the highway.”
The same thing is true when it comes to installing a new heating system: it’s something you’d want to do by choice, and not because your furnace died in the middle of February.
But how do you know it’s time to replace your heating system? Here are a few common signs:
1. You’re paying way too much on heating bills
Does your heating bill seem higher than normal this winter? It could be because your heating system has grown less efficient as it has aged, and has to work a lot harder than it used to - to keep you warm.
2. If your heating system was a person, it would be old enough to drink
Most heating systems are built to last 15 to 25 years. The older your heating unit is, the more likely it is to break down.
And older systems won’t be as efficient, often carrying a fuel utilization rating of 56 to 70 percent. With a newer unit, you’ll be working with a system that has an efficiency rating of around 98 percent.
3. Your repairman is starting to seem like part of the family
Furnaces tend to need more and more repairs as they get older, and all these repair bills can add up pretty quickly. If it seems like your local HVAC technician is always stopping by, it might be time for a new heating system.
4. You and your family are feeling sick
As your furnace gets older, its heat exchanger can start to crack, which can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
Obviously, carbon monoxide can be deadly, but even in smaller doses, it can lead to flu-like symptoms such as nausea and headaches. If you and your family members all begin experiencing these symptoms at the same time, use caution and get your furnace checked.
5. “Does it feel stuffy in here?”
As your furnace ages, it can lose the ability to properly distribute air throughout the house, leading to poor air quality and a feeling of stuffiness.
If your skin feels dry, if you’re seeing a lot of dust or if you or your family members are experiencing mold/dust allergy attacks, it may be time for a furnace replacement.
6. “What was that noise?”
One final way a heating system shows its age is by making different noises: rattling, banging or squealing. While some furnace noises are to be expected, new and sudden noises might be a sign that you need a new heating system.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs we’ve described here and decided it’s time to replace your heating system, Bucks County’s All Seasons Comfort Control can help.
Our experts have spent years working with homeowners in the region to make their homes more comfortable. Get in touch with us today, and be sure to read our tip sheet on mistakes to avoid when buying a new heating system.