We don’t want you to feel rushed, but it is important to remind all of our customers and soon-to-be customers that we can expect temperatures to start to drop in November, maybe even before we finish all of our Halloween candy. The furnace in your home needs to be completely prepped before then, ready to go when the outdoor temperature drops. A maintenance visit from our technicians will often be all you need to see that your furnace has all it needs.
But what if it isn’t? What if you have an old furnace and it’s time to replace it? Now is when you should find out and have the job done professionally.
What counts as “old” for a furnace?
That’s the best question to start with. A standard natural gas furnace has a lifespan between 15 to 20 years, although the manufacturer may have a different target range. But most manufacturers and technicians agree that a furnace that has celebrated more than 20 birthdays isn’t one to keep around much longer. It’s at this point the furnace develops a higher risk of breakdowns, repairs, and even safety hazards.
Are there other warning signs of a furnace that’s too old?
Yes, there are:
- Extremely loud operation. If your furnace has turned into a source of noise pollution, it’s probably over the hill.
- Rising heating bills. Look over the costs to run the furnace for the last few winters to see if there’s a rising trend.
- Excessive repairs, which is anything more than once a year. A repair that’s half the cost of replacing the furnace is also excessive.
You’ll probably want an expert opinion on furnace replacement. Just ask our technicians about it when they come to take care of the fall maintenance. They’ll see that you make the best choice for your future comfort and savings.
Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. has served Clayton, NC and the surrounding areas for over 20 years.