While maintenance can make a massive difference to furnace performance, it won’t help much if your system is approaching the end of its lifespan and needs replacement.
Fortunately, such a system will exhibit certain warning signs. With winter coming to an end, use this time to look back at how your furnace performed during the heating season to find out if it might be on its way out.
Use the inspection list below:
- Energy bills — The best way to evaluate furnace performance is to compare your monthly bills with those of the last few winters. Remember to factor in rate increases. If your current energy costs are up significantly, your furnace may be starting to show signs of aging, working harder than usual and using additional energy to heat your home.
- Noticeable unusual sounds — It’s normal for your furnace to make some noise while it’s running. However, if it makes odd noises such as squeals, bangs, and clanks, they could be signs of a dying unit.
- Ongoing repair costs — Have repairs and maintenance issues been up over the last two years? The time may be right for you to invest in a new unit.
- Corrosion — Inspect your furnace for cracks, rust, or corrosion. If you spot these signs, you may need to replace your furnace.
- Pre-season maintenance report — Reflect on how your annual furnace maintenance went. Did your HVAC technician say or suggest that your system is old or should be replaced? You’re better off beginning your search for a new system.
If your furnace has already reached 15 years and has shown one or more of the symptoms above, then you should strongly consider getting a new one. While regular maintenance could help you get a few more years from it, it won’t operate at peak performance, which could mean higher bills and less home comfort.
If you’re in Monmouth County or the surrounding area and have reviewed your furnace performance but aren’t quite sure if you should invest in a new heating system, consult Aggressive Mechanical Contractors for accurate recommendations.
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