Furnaces require a lot of maintenance and frequent repair. Keeping up with the maintenance can be difficult, and more often than not homeowners wait until a big problem occurs to have a professional called in. You can make sure your furnace lasts as long as possible with tune-ups and inspections, which our Long Island furnace specialists recommend you have at least once a year. But even if you stay on top of the repairs your furnace needs, you’ll eventually need a new one. Here some ways you can tell it’s time for a furnace replacement:
What’s the age of the furnace?
A furnace usually lasts around twenty to thirty years if it’s well-maintained. Of course, that number can vary, and if a furnace has been used while it needed repairs or a tune-up, it could drop by as much as 50%. If your furnace is ten to fifteen years old, it’s time to begin considering a replacement. Start watching your furnace and your heating bills a little more closely. And it’s never a bad idea to have a professional furnace repair contractor inspect it.
Watch for rising energy costs.
If you’re not using your furnace any more than usual but you’re seeing your energy bills go up, there’s likely a problem. A furnace will become less efficient over time, and that drop in efficiency can end up costing you a lot. If you’re paying more for your heat this year than last year, it’s worth considering a furnace replacement.
Our Long Island furnace repair specialists can try to determine if the problem is fixable. It may just be that your furnace needs a tune-up. But if we can’t solve the problem, we can help with supply and install a new furnace.
Look and listen.
Your furnace will give you a few signs if it’s getting ready to break down. Watching for these can give you a good idea of whether it’s time for a furnace replacement. If your furnace is making strange sounds–rattling, squeaking, or popping–that’s something you should look into. Also be on the lookout for moisture or rust, or soot or dust accumulating outside and around the furnace. These can all be sign that it’s time for a new furnace in your home.
If you notice any of these signs, call in a professional to take a look. As was the case before, you may simply need repairs.
Don’t heat with oil.
If you’re using an oil furnace, it’s time to make the switch. Replacing an oil burning furnace with a gas burning furnace is one of the best things you can do for your energy bills. Gas is much cheaper than oil, and oil isn’t any more efficient.
These are just some reasons to consider a furnace replacement, and only a professional can determine if it’s the best thing for your home and your furnace.
If you are looking for furnace replacement in Long Island, call Metro Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 631-667-8181 or fill out our online request form.