Old home heating systems seem to fail at the worst possible time. Temperatures approaching zero? Massive snowstorm approaching the Baltimore area? Company coming from out of state? Those seem to be the most likely times that home heating systems decide to quit working, leaving you shivering in your kitchen and calling an HVAC repair company for an emergency service call. But what if you could anticipate the need for a heating system replacement before you were left in the cold? It turns out, you can.
1. Your furnace is not heating as well as it once did.
If your furnace is running and running and the temperature is not going up as quickly as it once did, it may be time for a heating system replacement. Heating systems tend to become less efficient over time, especially if they are not properly maintained. Still, it is unlikely for your furnace to work at optimum levels one day and not work at all the next. If you pay attention, your utility bills will start to increase over the year before even though the weather is no more severe. At this point, your heating system may be repairable, or it may be time to replace it entirely. Only a certified HVAC technician will be able to tell.
2. Your furnace is noisy.
One of the clearest signs that your furnace needs to be replaced is that it starts making weird noises before it goes kaput. Any banging, clanging, thumping, grinding, or hesitation in the motor is a sign that you need to begin making plans for either a repair or a replacement. The sooner you address the noises that go bump in the night, the more likely it will be that you can repair rather than have to replace your system. Still, depending on the age of your home heating system and the repair that is necessary, it may be more economical to replace your entire HVAC system rather than repair it.
3. Your furnace is constantly cycling.
If your furnace kicks on and then turns off repeatedly before it finally turns on for good, it may be a sign that your heating system needs to be replaced. This phenomenon surely means it is time to have your furnace serviced by a certified HVAC technician. Since there are a half dozen things that could be wrong, only a trained professional can track down the cause.
4. Your furnace is running on borrowed time.
If properly maintained on an annual basis, it is reasonable to expect your home heating system to last you up to 20 years. If your home heating system is older than this, you may want to consider taking advantage of one of Farnen & Dermer’s heating system specials that allow you to have a new system installed in your home for less than you think. The cost of repairs on older systems quickly adds up. Why not enjoy the peace of mind and energy savings that accompany a new home heating system?
Whether your furnace suddenly stops or you are considering a heating system replacement, Farnen & Dermer can help. Call today for a free estimate.