Whether we like it or not, our appliances simply do not last forever. Even when we prioritize maintenance and take care of our investments, furnaces wear down over time and eventually need to be replaced as the cost of repairs begins to outweigh the cost of a total system replacement.
But how do you know it’s time for a furnace replacement? During the heating season, you want to have reliable heat without worrying that your system may break down or malfunction. If you’re ready for a furnace replacement in Las Vegas, give our team a call. You can also keep reading to learn the top five signs that it’s time to replace your furnace with a new and more efficient model.
It’s common for a furnace to last 15 or more years before needing to be replaced. But once you reach that 15-year threshold, replacement becomes more imminent. There’s no way to tell for sure how long your unit will last, but keeping up with regular maintenance will help. Our team of professionals can look over your furnace with a trained eye and identify potential problems and areas of concern. If we work on your furnace consistently, we may be able to identify areas of weakness that need to be addressed.
Expensive Energy Bills
Your energy use fluctuates, and so does your energy cost. Your bill may be slightly higher or lower from month to month. But if your energy bill suddenly shoots up without a clear reason, your furnace may be to blame. As your furnace ages, it begins to use more energy to produce the same results because it loses energy efficiency. If your energy bills are consistently high, it may be time for a newer and more efficient model.
Lack of Heat
This may seem obvious, but if you notice differences in the overall temperature, that’s a bad sign. If you leave your thermostat at a particular setting consistently, the temperature shouldn’t fluctuate a lot. You should have consistent heat across your entire home every single day. If you notice that your furnace is blowing lukewarm air, something is wrong.
Your furnace has an air filter that helps remove dust and dirt from the air you breathe. But sometimes the air filter can get clogged if you forget to replace it. This allows dust and dirt to get into your furnace and recirculate through your home. Your ductwork may also have holes or cracks that let in dust and dirt. You don’t have to settle for a dusty home and waive the problem of not being a huge deal. Dust and dirt aren’t just unsightly. These particles can also cause health problems for you and your family.
Unusual Smells and Sounds
The only time your heater may smell is when you first turn it on for the heating season. An unusual smell may last for 15 or 20 minutes, but then it should go away. Bad smells at other times indicate that something is wrong with your furnace. The same goes for loud and unexpected sounds. Your furnace will never knock, rattle or bang during regular use.
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