Punxsutawney Phil came down with the verdict this year: winter is here to stay a little longer! And while we’ve been lucky this year with nicer weather and warmer temperatures, that doesn’t mean your furnace can take the day off.
In fact, doesn’t it seem like that one cold day is the one when your old furnace finally kicks the proverbial bucket?
Before that happens to you, take a moment to reflect on some of the warning signs your furnace may be sending, letting you know it’s time to consider a replacement. If you find yourself answering “yes” to one – and especially more! – of these questions, give us a shout and let’s talk about saving your wallet from unnecessary repairs and making sure you aren’t left out in the cold when it really matters.
Is Your Furnace Over 12 Years Old?
The average lifespan of a furnace is typically 12-17 years. Once you pass the twelve-year mark, and especially as you climb up into the 15s, 16s and beyond, you’re taking a risk every time you crank that thermostat.
If yours is past its prime, especially if you haven’t been diligent about maintenance, it may be time to think about replacing it. But age isn’t everything. Age combined with these other factors can help you make a better decision.
Are Your Heating Bills Increasing?
This is one of the factors when, combined with the age of your furnace, can be an early warning sign of looming disaster. As parts wear out, your furnace becomes less efficient and your costs go up.
Keep in mind, energy costs will increase over time along with the cost of living, so take a moment to do the math to see if yours are rising out of proportion to expected energy increases.
Are You Spending Too Much On Repairs?
“Too much” is subjective, but in our estimation, if you’re investing more than $250 a year in repairs, that’s an especially good sign that your furnace isn’t up to par. Combine that with age and heating bills, and you’ve got a red flag that it’s time to call your local contractor.
Old furnaces break down more as their life nears the end, so if you’re noticing an uptick in repair requests – and bills – you should think about replacing yours within the next year or two.
Are You Hot, Or Cold, But Never Quite Comfortable?
Your old furnace may start to show its age by failing to keep your home at a consistent temperature, whether over time or across rooms. If you’re constantly fiddling with the thermostat because one room is too hot and another is too cold, or if you’re cozy at 72 degrees one moment and chilled the next, that’s a great sign that parts are wearing and repairs – maybe even costly ones – are on the horizon.
Taken together with higher heating bills, this is one of the most reliable signs that you need a new furnace.
When It’s Time To Buy A New Furnace
If your furnace is making you nervous, start shopping for a new one before you’re stuck in an emergency situation on the coldest day of the year. Spring and fall are especially good times to replace a furnace since that’s typically when manufacturers offer rebates.
If you’re upgrading to a higher efficiency furnace, you may also qualify for a rebate from your local New Jersey gas company. Choosing a furnace at 96% efficiency or above qualifies you for up to a $750 rebate from the gas company at any time of the year. The best part is that you can combine the gas company rebate with a manufacturer’s rebate for substantial savings.
Ask your contractor about any specials they can offer on labor. If you catch them at a slower time, you may be able to save there, too.
And with newer and more efficient furnaces, you’re bound to save on energy costs over the long term. With features like moderated gas valves, your furnace will output only as much heat as necessary to keep your home at a consistent temperature. That means if you need more heat to maintain the temperature, it will run at a higher BTU. When you need less heat, it will run lower and burn less fuel.
Older furnaces typically only have “on” and “off” capability which means less consistency in temperature and more gas consumption to deal with the peaks and valleys in temperature.
That’s not so great for your wallet or your comfort.
Did you answer “yes” to several of the questions above? Are you wondering if your old furnace will last the winter, or decide to quit the moment you bring it back online next winter?
Call us at (732) 316-5554 or contact us online and we’ll come out to your home and provide you with a free estimate to replace your furnace.