In order for them to run efficiently and have the least problems possible, furnaces require maintenance almost constantly. Most Lancaster homeowners wait until they’ve noticed a big problem before calling in a professional, which makes it difficult to keep up with the necessary maintenance. Regular inspections and tune-ups should be performed by a professional at least once a year.
But even with frequent repairs, inspections, and tune-ups, you’ll eventually have to replace your furnace. And you don’t want a broken down furnace to catch you off-guard. Here are some of the things you can look out for to tell if it’s getting close to time to replace your furnace:
The Furnace’s Age
A perfectly maintained furnace will usually last around twenty to thirty years. Of course, that number varies based on the amount of care your furnace receives. Some furnaces may last for as few as ten to fifteen years. Once your furnace hits the fifteen year mark, you’ll need to pay especially close attention to it, as it may be time for it to be replaced.
At this point, you should start paying closer attention the trends in your energy costs and the behavior of your furnace. And, of course, it’s never a bad idea to have a professional furnace technician perform an inspection—we recommend you have one at least yearly.
Rising Energy Costs
If you’ve noticed your heating bills are getting more expensive, but you aren’t heating your home more than usual, it could be because of a problem with your furnace. Some furnace maintenance may solve the issue, or you may need a replacement. Furnaces will lose efficiency as they age, and that can end up costing you a lot in energy bills. If you notice these trends, you should start to consider whether it’s time to replace your furnace.
Our furnace specialists can help you determine how to best move forward. Call us for an inspection if you’ve noticed higher energy costs. If we can fix the problem with repairs, we’ll get them done as quickly as possible. And if it is time for your replacement, we can help you through that process, and help keep it in your budget.
Look and Listen
Listen for any hissing, rattling, or squeaking sounds coming from your furnace, as these could all point to serious problems. Also be on the lookout for puddles, mold, rust, soot, or dust accumulating around the furnace. Each of these things could point to bigger problems and they may indicate that your furnace needs to be replaced.
If you’re looking for heating repairs in the Lancaster area, call Lancaster Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at 717-207-8198, or fill out our online request form.