The thing you can always count on is that there will never be a good time for your furnace to need to be replaced. It’s one of those things that always follows Murphy’s Law and happens at the least opportune time. Last month we talked about the things you can do yourself to ensure that your furnace runs smoothly, and we all know the benefits of preemptive maintenance; but how do we know it’s time to move on?
Once a furnace hits roughly 10 years old, things can start to go wrong. If it’s been properly maintained with annual cleanings, and professional maintenance, you can get another five to ten years. If it hasn’t, it’s time to start planning for a new furnace so that it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Despite a furnace’s age, keep an eye on the cost of any repairs that you find yourself having done. Each repair can cause another part to fail, developing into an avalanche of repairs. Count the fact that as a furnace gets older, replacement parts can become scarce and expensive, you may want to start planning for a new furnace.
If you’ve noticed that your energy bills are higher than energy price increases each winter, your furnace may be becoming less efficient. The older a furnace is, the less efficient it will become, and even more so without proper annual maintenance.
If things happen faster than you expect, you may be stuck in the unenviable position of needing a new furnace, but not having the funds available. Here at Netco, we offer financing through a partnership with FinanceIt.
It’s never a good time to replace your furnace, but by keeping an eye on things you can definitely alleviate the sting. If you need help or have any questions, please let us know!