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December 1, 2020
Wouldn’t it be great if you could know exactly when the technology and equipment you depend on each day was going to fail? You may not always be able to know the exact day that you’ll get a flat tire, or when the battery in your smartphone will suddenly take a dive off the deep end. But when it comes to your furnace, there are a few signs you can look out for to indicate it is time to start thinking about furnace replacement.
How Old Is Your Furnace?
Not many homeowners refer to their furnace in the same way they might refer to their classic car—so it is very common for homeowners to not know how old their furnace is. Check the manufacturer sticker on your heating system, and if it is more that 15 years old it is certainly near the end of its life expectancy (according to the EPA, anyway).
If your furnace or boiler is under that threshold, but you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could still be in need of professional furnace repair or replacement, depending on the damage.
Your Furnace Keeps Breaking Down
Did you wind up on the internet, searching for “How long does a good furnace last?” because your furnace keeps breaking down, more than it has in the past? Not only are multiple breakdowns a sign your heating equipment may be on its last leg, it is also an indicator that furnace replacement is a more financially feasible option. When you weigh the average cost to replace a furnace with the cost of multiple emergency service calls (and the energy savings of a more efficient furnace), replacement may be the way to go.
Your Furnace Is Making a Knocking Sound
When you turn your thermostat to “heat”, do you hear a knocking sound coming from your vents, or the area where your furnace has been installed? It is hard to diagnose a noise without hearing it, but furnace noises can be anything from a loose screw to a damaged blower wheel. Persistent noises like this can certainly indicate that a repair is necessary — and Pippin can diagnose the issue to let you know if replacement will benefit you in the long run.
Rising Energy Bills & Inconsistent Temperatures in Your Home
Sure, gas and energy costs will continue to be unpredictable. But as you think back to last winter here in Lawton, Fort Sill, and Duncan, have your heating bills been significantly higher this year?
What about the actual comfort of your home during the colder months — does your furnace provide heat that reaches every room, or are there certain areas that just won’t warm up no matter what the thermostat says? These are indicators that your heating system is working much harder than it needs to and is wasting energy (as well as money). Replacing your furnace in this case is a way to lower your energy costs and keep your home more comfortable for years to come.
Need Help Understanding Your Furnace Replacement Cost?
Pippin Brothers is here to help with all of your furnace replacement needs. If you have been staring at your heating bill and your thermostat wondering, “When should I think about getting a new furnace?”, we are your trusted home heating ally. Our team will quickly and accurately diagnose your furnace issues and pair you with the right maintenance or replacement plan to keep you comfortable, for less.