Year in and year out we get to the cold months and rely heavily on our furnaces. When you crank up the heat up, it’s normal to expect the furnace to kick on and send warm air into your home. What happens, though, when the heater doesn’t work as you would expect it to? Repair bills are going to roll in, and you may start to question whether you should replace the furnace entirely, or try to continue with what you have. We’re here to shed some light on the topic to help you identify signs that it’s time for a replacement.
The Age of the Furnace
One of the biggest signs that your furnace needs to be replaced has to do with the age of it. A high-efficiency and quality furnace is going to usually last you around 10 to 20 years as a rule of thumb. Once you get past that 20-year mark especially, you want to be thinking about a replacement.
It may not even be that the furnace no longer works. What happens is that as a furnace age, the energy efficiency level that it has is going to be reduced. Technology is also going to move forward with new efficient units being put out onto the market. The cost to run the aging furnace even if it does function still, may not be worth it compared to the price to just replace it.
What is the AFUE Rating?
The AFUE rating is the score that your furnace is going to get about its energy efficiency. What is the rating of your system at? Is it above or below a score of 90? When you are below 90, new units are certainly going to be able to run more efficiently for you, using less energy to function. Once you get below 90, or especially below a score of 80, you want to be thinking about investing in a replacement. An older furnace with a lower AFUE rating is going to be a drain on resources to continue to run regularly. The initial cost to replace it may seem a bit steep at the moment, but the long-term benefits are noteworthy.
The Health of Your Home
What is the state of the health of your pets and family inside of the home? When you have an aging furnace, what you may find is that it is not creating quality air flow as it used to lead you to develop illnesses more often. If you have respiratory problems, this is only going to be exaggerated even further by an aging furnace. Always put your health first when it comes to this and refer to our HVAC Jacksonville FL for guidance.
Change Your Batteries
It’s also a good idea to check and maintain your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis. You can do this by pressing the test button (which is most often found on the face of the smoke detector) every thirty to sixty days and changing the batteries twice per year. I always recommend changing alarm batteries on the same days you change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Another issue that often goes overlooked is when people use different batteries throughout the home. It’s best to change all of the smoke detector batteries at one time, using the same brand with the same expiration date on the side (yes, batteries have expiration dates, if you didn’t already know that), and preferably from the same package. This is helpful because while a certain brand may last you one amount of time, another brand may only last half as long; leaving you with batteries going out at random intervals.
Our team of professionals at J&W Heating and Air can assist you in your furnace assessment. The furnace tune-ups that we perform, as well as the guidance we can provide to improve your furnace performance is necessary. Take advantage of our knowledge and be aware of acting on your aging furnace before it becomes a bigger problem than it should.