You’ve probably noticed that it is cold outside. The last thing you want to do is return home to a freezing cold house. The time to examine and evaluate your furnace for replacement is before the unit fails, not afterwards!
So how do you know when furnace replacement is in order? The first thing to do is find out the age of your unit. If you didn't have your furnace installed, there are a few ways to determine the age of your unit. You can look at the owner's manual, if you have it. If not, you can call the manufacturer with the unit’s model number. If neither of those ways works, call us at Solaire Home Comfort. We can help you with that.
Today's newer models may operate reliably for 20 to 30 years. If your unit is more than 15 years old, however, it may be time to consider your furnace replacement options. According to the U.S. Energy Star program, a new Energy Star-qualified gas furnace is typically 15% more efficient than an older gas furnace, and a new Energy Star-certified oil furnace is up to 4% more efficient than an older model. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a new Energy Star gas furnace will save an average of $94 in energy costs per year, while a new Energy Star oil furnace saves an average of $66.
In addition to age, there are some other obvious (and some more subtle) indications that it may be time for furnace replacement:
- If your furnace is in need of frequent repairs
- If your energy bills are going up for no obvious reason
- If some rooms in your home are warmer than others
- If your furnace is turning on and off more frequently
- If your home is beginning to have humidity problems
- If your furnace begins to rattle, buzz, or hum
- If dust, soot, dirt or rust particles start coming out of the furnace vents
- If you see rust, corrosion, or cracks on the furnace unit or its components
If you want to know for sure if it is time to replace your furnace, call us at Solaire Home Comfort, 570-673-4340. We will be glad to come out and evaluate your furnace for you at no cost to you.