When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
Your furnace plays the key role in keeping you warm in your Henrico County home, but even with routine maintenance, it does not last forever. Nobody wants to think about replacing any major household system, but it’s generally more cost effective to be proactive in your thinking about it.
When it comes time to make that investment, at Howell’s, we can help you save money while helping to increase your Virginia home’s comfort level.
What to Consider About Your Furnace
Consider these key factors about your furnace to help determine if it’s time to replace it:
• Age of Your Furnace
Furnaces generally last between 15 to 20 years with routine professional maintenance. If your furnace is older, you may start having more issues with it than it’s worth. It may be time to start planning an upgrade.
• Increasing Energy Bills
If you are wondering why your utility bills have started to suddenly increase, your furnace could be the culprit.
It’s no secret—newer furnaces are far more energy efficient than older ones. In fact, ENERGY STAR® claims when a new heating system is correctly installed, heating costs can be reduced by up to 20 percent.
So, if you notice higher energy bills becoming a trend, it could be time for a newer furnace.
• Strange Noises
Furnaces can make noises and still work properly, but loud banging, squeaking, rattling, or humming noises could warrant concern. There may be a problem with the ductwork, blower motor, belt, or even a sediment buildup.
It’s possible a repair could resolve these issues, but there is no way to truly know until one of our Howell’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) experts makes a proper diagnosis.
• Constant Repairs
As your furnace ages, the need for a repair is bound to happen. If you keep noticing issues and having to request repair after repair, it could be time for a new furnace.
After all, if your furnace needs repairs several times a year, fixing it is probably going to cost you more money in the long run. Eventually it may no longer be repairable and you will have to replace it.
• Ability to Function
When your furnace starts to give out, it may do a poor job of heating your Virginia home. If this is currently the case, it could be time to start looking at newer, more energy-efficient alternatives. Talk to one of our highly trained HVAC professionals to discuss the best-suited options for your Henrico County home.
Our Howell’s Professionals Are Here for You
We hope you now have a better understanding of when it’s time to replace your furnace. If you still have some questions, our Howell’s HVAC experts are here in the Henrico County, VA area to assist you. Give our knowledgeable team a call at 804-977-0994 or request service online to discuss all your furnace needs today.