February 14, 2019 Uncategorized

Every piece of equipment in your home is prone to wear and tear. As much as you’d hate it, a time will come when you would have to replace one of your household machines — including your furnace. While proper maintenance and timely repair increase the lifespan of your unit, but still, at some point, it’s going to retire. On average, household furnaces have a life expectancy of about 15 years, depending on the quality of maintenance.

The only consolation you can have is that before your furnace officially stops working, it will exhibit warning signs. Paying attention to these signs helps you know when is the right time to call your preferred HVAC contractor. By being cognizant of these signs, you will also save a lot of money in the long run.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted heating company in Champlin MN that offers all kinds of furnaces ranging from basic to high-efficiency models.

Here are some of the things to watch out and see if you need a new heating system.

A Steady Increase in Your Heating Bills

Skyrocketing energy bills are the first indication of a failing furnace. If you notice a sudden spike in your heating costs, this could portend your need for a new unit. Examine your utility bills from previous months to see if there are major differences with your most current bill. Take note of the amount of energy your furnace is using as opposed to the variance in dollar amount between bills. If you notice a considerable increase in your bill without a comparable hike in your usage, that suggests your furnace’s efficiency levels are declining.

Low Efficiency Rating

Most homeowners, especially those who have old furnaces, don’t even know the efficiency rating of their furnace. In 1992, the government set a minimum efficiency standard of 78 percent. If you purchased your heating system prior to that year, it’s highly likely that it is definitely inefficient.

In recent years, the minimum efficiency level has been set to 80 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). Even if your unit is rated at 80 percent AFUE, there are still a variety of factors that can influence the overall performance of a system such as weather, how the unit has been maintained, and how often the unit has been used over the years.

Frequent Repairs

When a furnace tends to need costly repairs more often, it could be an indication of a failing unit. At this point, you must consider the cost-benefit ratio of continuing to resuscitate an aging furnace against the purchase of a new, better performing system. Most HVAC experts discourage continued repairs when the cost is close to half of the current value of the unit. You can invest that money in a new system instead. With the help of a heating professional, do the math to determine whether it’s more practical to repair or replace. In addition, you should consider that finding replacement parts for older furnaces is often a hit and miss.

Recurrent Sickness in the Family

When a furnace gets old and is nearing its lifespan, some parts start to deteriorate that leak dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide. Exposure to this threatening gas may lead to health issues like headaches, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. While opening windows to air out the house can help, but a better approach is to have a professional technician check your system and see if your furnace needs a repair or a replacement.

Failure to Reach the Desired Temperature

If your thermostat is set at 68 degrees but it only heats the home to 66 degrees, it could mean that your furnace is overheating and shutting itself off before your home is warm enough. It may also be losing its heating power due to several aging and malfunctioning components.

Let the Pros Guide You

If you’re dealing with any of the issues listed above, call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians are factory trained and have multiple years of field experience, which guarantee we’ll give you an accurate diagnosis. Feel free to ask us for a professional advice and we’ll let you know if getting a new system would make more sense than trying to keep up with your existing one. We are your friendly Anoka furnace installation company serving you for over 40 years.