Your furnace is a very essential appliance in most households, especially during the winter season like many other things in life, does not last forever. During the cold experienced in the autumn and winter months, it is important to have a warm and comfortable home environment.
However, this comfort might not be fully attained if a furnace cannot meet up to the necessary standards. Once this happens, it might become necessary to have the furnace replaced. Here are 5 signs that will help to notify an owner that you need a furnace replacement:
1. The age of the furnace
Typically, a modern furnace can last for up to 20 years. Still, it is advisable to check the age of the furnace. Usually for most owners, the furnace had already been fixed in place before they moved into the home. This could mean that the furnace is getting close to, if not already at the end of its lifespan and needs to be changed. It is therefore imperative that the owner looks up the furnace manual and/or checks for the model number which is located on the appliance itself to determine the age of the furnace. An owner can begin to consider getting a new furnace once it has hit the 15-year mark.
2. Increased heating bill
A consistent increase in the heating bill of a household may be a pointer that a furnace has outlasted its efficiency and may need to be replaced. The extra cost of the increased gas and electricity bill could be channeled into the purchase of a new furnace.
3. Dusty or dry home
Most old furnaces lack the ability to clean the air around the house and leave it moisturized. A house with stuffy or stale air; with inhabitants that suffer from dry nose, dry throat or dry skin; along with other signs like static shocks, dust accumulation, cracking furniture and drooping plants signal that the existing furnace may not be able to provide the needed comfort and needs to be changed.
4. Noisy furnace
Furnaces may noisy, but if it is noticed that there is a steady increase in the noise level over time, it may be a sign that the furnace needs to be replaced. Such noises include rattling, popping, humming, screeching and squealing and are indicators of a malfunctioning furnace.
5. Uneven temperature across rooms
As the age of a furnace increases, it loses its efficiency up until the point when it is unable to distribute heat evenly throughout the house. This would result in some rooms being colder than others. Uneven temperatures across rooms is a telltale sign that the furnace has become inefficient and needs to be replaced.