3 Ways to Know You May Need a New Furnace

Most people tend not to think about their furnaces until they start having problems with their current heating unit. The problem with this is that if you start having problems with your furnace during a Michigan winter, as most often happens, you don’t have a lot of time to decide what to do if you want to be able to tolerate living in your home. Keeping the idea of furnace replacement in your mind can help you to prevent costly and stressful emergency situations while giving you the time you need to shop around and make the best decision for your home and your lifestyle. If you think your furnace may be approaching the end of its life, it is always best to get an opinion from a professional Detroit heating and cooling contractor before you begin any serious furnace shopping, but here are some ways that you can tell on your own whether or not furnace replacement is something you should be considering.

Your furnace is at least 16 to 20 years old.

The average lifespan of most furnaces today is between 16 and 20 years. Ideally, you won’t ever find out the actual lifespan of your furnace because then you’d be living without heat until you get your furnace replaced. While age is far from the only indicator that your furnace may be reaching the end of its life, it is a good starting point for those who are concerned about the health of their heating system. If your furnace is pushing the envelope of a couple of decades, you should probably consider replacing it within the next few years.

Your gas and electricity bills are going up.

Furnaces have been known to significantly decrease in energy efficiency as they grow older, and failure to properly maintain your heating unit can cause this to happen even more rapidly. While some increase may be attributed to rising gas and electric prices, the age of your furnace is not something that should be overlooked. The older your furnace gets, the longer it will likely run in order to provide your home with the same amount of heat. By investing in a new furnace, you may be able to reduce your gas and energy bills, saving some money that can be put toward the new heating unit.

Your last furnace repair bill exceeded $500.

It doesn’t always make sense to keep throwing money at something, hoping it will fix the problem. Small furnace repairs are fine, and routine furnace maintenance is necessary to get the most out of your existing unit, but when major parts start to malfunction and big bucks are on the line, it may be time to start thinking about replacing your furnace altogether. If you are looking at having to put more than $500 into your current unit or you have already spent close to that amount in repairs, its typically recommended to start shopping around for other options. Yes, replacing your furnace is expensive, but putting it off until its too late can cause you a lot more discomfort and a much bigger bill than your trouble will be worth.