Repair or Replacement? Furnace Signs to Watch Out For

Man fixing a furnace

Waking up in the middle of the night freezing in the middle of winter is something no one wants to experience. But, if you are one of the unfortunate ones who did, it might be a sign that you need to replace or repair your furnace.

Legacy Heating & Air and other experts list some signs you need to watch out for, so you’ll know whether you need to ask professional help for repairs or order a new furnace from your trusted agency.

1. Age

How old is your furnace? Like humans, furnaces tend to retire when they reach a certain age. Furnaces are designed to lasts for 15-20 years. If yours is older than that, then it is time for a replacement.

2. Dust

Dust near your vent is likely caused by your furnace not being able to clean your air properly. First, try to change the air filter. If this doesn’t solve the problem, call for professional help as other underlying conditions might be present.

3. Temperature

Fluctuating temperature is one of the most obvious signs that your furnace is having trouble. Seek professional help immediately so as not to risk waking up freezing in the middle of the night.

4. Strange noises

It is normal for your furnace to produce some noise when it is running. But when loud and strange noises are present, it might mean that something is loose inside the unit and needs attention. Work on it right away so as not to worsen the issue.

5. Increase energy cost

Everything might still seem normal, but if your monthly energy cost suddenly had a 50% increase, it is time to check your home appliances including your furnace. A broken furnace would require more energy consumption to get its job done causing you to have increased energy bills.

Conduct regular inspection on your furnace to prevent cold freezing nights from happening again.