In the middle of winter, the last thing you want is your furnace going out of commission. Even in a state like Georgia, the temperatures can get pretty low during the winter. If your furnace is struggling to heat your home effectively, it might be time to get a new one.
But how do you know when it’s time to replace your furnace? To help you out, the team here at Shriver Mechanical presents some common signs you need a new furnace.
Your Energy Bills Have Increased
If you notice that your energy bills have increased, the problem could be your furnace. Your furnace can lose efficiency for several reasons, including:
- Broken condensers
- Leaky ductwork
- Broken fan
Depending on the extent of the damage, furnace repair might be an option. However, if the repair costs are too steep, installing a new furnace might be the more cost-effective choice.
Furnaces work in cycles. When the house falls below the temperature set on the thermostat, the furnace will kick on. It will then burn until the temperature is above the temperature set on the thermostat and turn off. If your furnace is constantly cycling or is running all the time, that could be a sign of damage.
New Vs. Used Furnace
If you have a used furnace, you are more likely to have furnace problems. In contrast, a new furnace less than three years old will rarely have issues. New furnaces usually come with warranties and, thanks to advancing technology, are more energy-efficient and durable than older models.
Loud, Unusual Noises
One of the more common warning signs you need a new furnace is loud, unusual noises. Do you hear loud rattling, popping, or banging every time you turn your furnace on? That could be an indicator that you need professional repairs or replacement.
Strange Smell or Odors
Your furnace also affects indoor air quality. If you notice any strange smells or excessive dust, that could indicate that your furnace’s filter is not working correctly.
A new furnace may initially have a musty smell, but it should go away after a few days.
When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
At some point, you will need to know when you replace your furnace. The average lifespan of a typical home furnace is 15 years. When your furnace nears that age, it might be time to consider getting a new one.
If you don’t know how old your furnace is, you can consult serial numbers or call the manufacturer. Older furnaces can still work well but are much more likely to experience problems in the near future.
Furnace Repair and Replacement in Georgia
If you have seen any of these signs you need a new furnace, then it’s in your best interest to call a pro. Whether you have an electric or gas furnace, our team at Shriver Mechanical can handle any HVAC project you throw our way. Contact us or call us today at (770) 975-1927 to schedule an appointment.