Winter’s knocking on the door. Here in the Midwest, it’s a good idea to heed that knock, especially when it comes to preparing your home for the colder weather that’s just around the corner.
In fact, right about now is that time of year when most home owners ask themselves some version of the following question: “Does my furnace have another year left in it?”
What, you’ve never asked yourself that question?! Then you really need to, especially if your furnace did a less-than-adequate job last winter.
Here are the most common warning signs that either your furnace needs to be repaired or replaced:
• Soaring Heating Costs. The older and more sluggish your furnace, the harder and longer it has to work to keep you warm. And that’s what accounts for the significant increases in heating costs.
• More Frequent Repairs. Since heating systems aren’t designed to last forever, it stands to reason that the older they get, the more prone they become to poor performance and breakdowns. Give it enough time, and sooner or later it’s just not worth even another penny to fix something that’s only sure to break down again – and again.
• Furnace is Constantly Running. A furnace is designed to run until it achieves the desired temperature, and then cycle off for a while until more heat is needed. If, however, yours is constantly running, then either there’s a problem with your furnace, thermostat, or ductwork. Any way you slice it, it needs to be checked.
• Hot and Cold Spots. Once again, furnaces are designed to deliver a consistent amount of warm air to each room it serves. If, however, you’re perfectly comfortable in one room but “not so much” elsewhere, a problem exists, and it’s one that needs looking into.
Of course, the single biggest reason to consider replacing your furnace is its age, especially if it’s more than 10 years. Let’s say yours is exactly 10 years old and you’ve faithfully had it maintained over the years. Even with that, chances are it’s no more than 60% energy efficient at this stage of the game, which means you’re paying a lot more to heat your home than you need to.
If you’re even thinking about replacing your furnace, we invite you to call the home professionals at Baylor Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ll explain all your options and recommend what’s best for your family and budget – even if that means making a few repairs to your existing furnace should we discover that it still has at least a few more good years in it. Baylor: your year-round choice for honest advice and high quality work.