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It Might be Time for a New Furnace

gas-burnerWe still have a fair amount of cold weather left before the days start to heat up consistently. You’re likely still using your furnace to keep warm on a regular basis. Now is the ideal time to start evaluating your furnace, and figure out whether or not you should replace the system before the next winter starts. If you do need to replace your furnace, it’s best to do it now rather than wait until the last minute. Read on to find out more about how to tell if you need a new furnace installed in your home.

High Monthly Bills

The older and more worn down the furnace becomes, the more the efficiency of the system will decline. As the furnace gets closer to the end of its life, the efficiency loss due to wear and tear will become noticeable. As the efficiency of the furnace declines, the system will operate for longer periods of time to compensate. This will drive up the cost of using your furnace on a monthly basis. If your furnace seems to be costing more and more to operate from month to month, regardless of how much you’re actually using the system, then you should probably consult with a professional about installing a new one.

Constant Repair Problems

If you need to repair your furnace every few years, you shouldn’t get too bent out of shape about it. Things happen, parts break, and even with regular maintenance there is a good chance that your furnace will need to have professional repairs done on it at some point. However, the older your furnace gets the more worn out its various parts will become. Eventually, the accumulated wear and tear will reach a point where it will start to cause parts of the furnace to fail in groups. Once the furnace starts to break down multiple times a year, it’s highly recommended that you consider replacing it entirely. It’s far more cost effective to replace the furnace with a new one than to keep paying to repair it over and over again.

Old Age

Assuming you take the best care you can of your furnace, you can expect it to last around 10-15 years. Once a furnace gets older than that, it will begin to accumulate all kinds of issues that will negatively impact its performance. The older the furnace gets, the more issues it will have to deal with and the more it will cost to keep the system up and running. If your furnace is older than 15, you very likely would be better served by installing a new system than keeping the current one operating. Have a professional examine the system for you to determine whether now is the ideal time to install a new furnace.

Area Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides a full range of furnace installation and replacement services in Vancouver, WA. If you need a new furnace installed in your home, let us help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating experts.

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