Is your furnace showing signs of wear and old age? Do you find yourself wondering how much longer it will last? Many people don’t realize it’s time to upgrade their unit until it has stopped working altogether. However, the best way to ensure your unit runs smoothly year long is by paying attention to these telltale signs.
A rising energy bill
If your electric or gas bill is getting higher each month or has become higher than it was this same time last year, this can be a sure sign that your unit is not running as efficiently as it should be. As your heating unit gets older and continues to wear, it begins to run less and less efficiently, causing your electric or gas bills to rise.
Repair after repair
Having to call a technician several times a month to fix issues with your heating system is a sure sign that it’s time for a replacement. The more frequent and complicated the repairs become, the more you may need to look into replacing your unit entirely. It is also recommended you look into finding your replacement early before your current unit stops working completely.
A noisy unit
Any sounds of rumbling, squeaking, or clanking need to be checked out immediately. These sounds can mean a number of issues like loose parts, a worn motor, or ignition problems. Contacting a professional can help you determine whether your unit needs a repair, or if it’s better to start investing in a unit upgrade instead.
An oldie is not always a goodie
Unfortunately, heating and cooling systems don’t last forever. Having an older unit can make you susceptible to issues and even inevitable replacement. Units that are older than ten years old efficiency ranges from 56% to 70% while modern heating systems can maintain up to 90% efficiency. Upgrading your older heating unit for a new modern one can cut your energy bills in half.
If you notice that some rooms or places in your home are colder than others, your heating unit is not performing its primary function. Wear and tear, improper maintenance, and just simply not being adequately suited for your home can all be signs of needing a replacement.
Purchasing a new heating and cooling system is an investment, but the right unit can save you money in the long run. If you are in the market for a new heating and cooling unit, contact Lowery today!