5 Signs It's Time For A New Furnace

With the days getting shorter and the temperatures getting cooler, many people throughout Ohio are going to start firing up their furnaces to stay warm.

Having a properly working furnace that keeps your house warm is a necessity to survive the cold midwest winters. The last thing you want is for your furnace to die on a day when it’s below freezing.

But losing heat isn’t a risk you should have to take. You can minimize this risk by having your furnace inspected and tuned up annually, and in certain cases, consider getting a new furnace. If the latter is looking more and more likely, the list below will help you decide if it’s time for an upgrade.

1. Your furnace is 15 years or older. The average furnace will have a lifespan between 15-20 years. Even if you think your older furnace is in good working order, there still might be signs that it needs to be replaced. For example, your energy bill during the winter months is steadily increasing or it needs to be repaired more and more.

2. Frequency and cost of repairs. If you’re calling your Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc HVAC technician more than usual because your furnace is acting up, As a general rule, if your repair costs are 15% or more of the cost of a new furnace, then it’s time to get it replaced. While a new furnace might seem like the more expensive option, you’ll actually save money over the long run.

3. Your furnace is noisier than usual. Every furnace makes noise. But if yours is becoming increasingly noisy, then it’s a sign there’s a problem. Some unusual noises to listen for are:

  • Rattling
  • Humming
  • Squealing

These noises indicate either something is loose, the motor is not running properly or is starting to fail, or any other number of issues. Loud and unusual noises should always be taken seriously and it’s a good idea to have an HVAC repair technician from Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc come and inspect your furnace.

4. Your utility bills are going up. An old furnace will lose efficiency over time. As this efficiency decreases, you’ll start seeing an increase in your utility bills. The new furnaces on the market today are much more efficient because the technology has greatly improved. Even though a new furnace is a big investment, you’ll probably recoup your money within a few years because of the energy savings.

5. Different rooms are different temperatures. Having to constantly adjust your thermostat because your bedroom is much colder than the living room (for example) means that your furnace cannot distribute air evenly throughout your house. This is another sign that your old furnace is losing efficiency. It might also be a sign that there’s a problem with your ductwork that needs to be looked at by a repair professional.

If your house has an older furnace and you’re experiencing one or more of the problems listed above, then call Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc so a licensed professional can inspect your furnace.