You rely on your furnace to keep your family happy and warm during the winter. But, nothing lasts forever. Just like your car, microwave, and every mechanical thing that you own, your furnace will eventually break down and need to be replaced. In this blog, we’ll review the signs you need a new furnace.
If you live in Valdosta, Nashville, or other parts of southern Georgia / northern Florida, Ray & Son is a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, and we offer in-home estimates on new systems. To get started, contact us today!
What are the 4 signs you need a new furnace in your home?
Here are the four signs that you need to make the switch to a new furnace or heating system:
#1. You’ve watched your energy bills spike
As it ages, a furnace becomes less energy-efficient, and requires more energy to create less heating. That’s because components endure wear-and-tear that reduces their ability to operate at the level they once did.
Heating is such a big part of your winter energy bills. Think about it this way: at what point would the cumulative increase in your energy bills start to represent a sizable chunk of what you would spend on a new furnace?
Here’s one way to find out: schedule an in-home estimate with our team for a new furnace. We’ll help you estimate your energy costs so that you can compare them to your current bills.
#2. You have an older furnace
Here’s the thing: most gas and electric furnaces last about 16-20 years, at most. Now, you may be squeezing a few more years out of your system—after all, every situation and system is different. However, even if your furnace has been blessed with an extraordinarily long life, you may want to think about replacing it.
This comes down to energy-efficiency, reliability, and comfort. Your older furnace may technically still work, but be failing on all three counts. An older furnace is probably far less efficient than a new one, spiking your monthly energy bills. It’s also more likely to break down: that’s more money out of pocket for repairs. And it may not even be heating your home the way you’d like!
An old furnace isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With a tune-up from our team, we can help it run better. But, at some point, you have to cut your losses and make the upgrade to a new system. An older furnace is one of the most prominent signs you need a new furnace in your home.
#3. You see cracks or damage to the furnace
Every time you turn on your furnace, that heat is interacting with the metal it’s made of, causing it to contract and expand. Over enough years, this can cause the metal to bend and crack. If your heat exchanger develops a crack, it represents a potentially dangerous situation for you and your home.
A cracked heat exchanger can emit carbon monoxide gas—a colorless and odorless gas that can be fatal to you and your family. If you suspect that your heat exchanger has cracked, call the fire department, and then give our team a call for furnace repair.
In most cases, replacing an older furnace’s heat exchanger is not cost-effective, and we’ll recommend a new furnace, which will actually save you money.
#4. You’re hearing strange noises
If your furnace makes strange noises, it could indicate that it’s in need of repair. An older furnace that has strange noises may have arrived at the end of its operational life.
Older furnaces tend to make squealing, rattling, popping, and banging noises. These noises represent an internal fault. While some of the noises can be remedied by a simple furnace tune-up, an older furnace may need to be replaced.
That’s because some sounds represent problems with expensive-to-replace internal components. For example, popping sounds probably mean something is wrong with the ignition system of the furnace.
Call Ray & Son for a in-home estimate on a new furnace
Ray & Son is proud to serve Valdosta and Nashville, Georgia, with excellent HVAC and home services. Our NATE-certified technicians are furnace repair, maintenance, and installation experts, and we’ve been serving you for more than 50 years!
If you think your older furnace needs to be replaced, give our team a call at (229) 686-5531, or contact us online. We offer in-home estimates on new systems. Our friendly technician can walk you through the signs you need a new furnace and whether or not it’s time to upgrade.