With the leaves starting to change color, it’s time to pull out the furnace for another chilly season. However, depending on how long you’ve had your furnace, you may want to consider installing a new one before winter swipes through.
Old furnaces can be dangerous if they’re not working correctly. According to a survey, up to 28% of residential fires caused by heating was the result of failing to clean solid-fueled heating equipment. To keep you and your family safe and warm with fall and winter approaching, here are the warning signs to begin investing in furnace installation.
Even with furnace repair, your heating system is costing you
One of the biggest signs it may be time for a new furnace is if your heating system isn’t generating enough heat. This can be caused by a number of things including clogged and dirty filters, dust in the air ducts, or even stack effect if you live in a two-story home.
However, if a furnace repair service has looked at your furnace and insulation and determined everything to be working as well as it could be, your furnace may just not be cutting it anymore. Even if you’re not feeling the reduced heat in your home, your utility bill may be unusually high if your furnace is working double-time to keep the temperature warm in your home.
Your furnace has made it to retiring age
Once a furnace has reached the age of 15, it’s in your best interest to begin considering a replacement. With proper maintenance from a furnace repair service and heating contractors, you may have a furnace that can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years. Yet furnaces that last this long aren’t as energy efficient as newer models and there’s a likelihood it’ll be eating into your utility bill.
If you purchased your furnace second hand or if it came with your home, you can find the age of the furnace by looking for the heating system’s label. The label should be located along the bottom within the removable door on the outside of your furnace. The label should contain the furnace model as well as a serial number. Additionally, it may also show the manufacturing date.
With colder weather on its way, choosing to install a new furnace may be in your best interest especially if it’s been proving to be less energy efficient over recent years. For advice on fuel types and heating capacity, you may want the additional assistance of a trained furnace repair service professional when buying a new furnace. For home heating repair you can trust, contact Pioneer Heating and Air today for a consultation.