As the temperature continues to drop further and further below freezing, homeowners across Canada have the lifespan of their furnace in the back of their minds. If you’re worried that your heating system may not get you through the winter, here are a few signs that it’s time to upgrade to a new furnace.
Increased Utility Bills
Have your monthly utility bills been increasing more than the annual rate increases would suggest? Increased bills mean that your unit is not operating as efficiently as it once did, which could be due to any number of problems. Every heating system has a finite lifespan, and a noticeable increase in your bills is your system’s way of telling you it’s on its last legs.
Over time the parts and mechanisms in your furnace become worn out, which can lead to it making some odd noises. If you notice any strange banging, popping, hissing, or whirring noises coming from your furnace, it could be time to upgrade to a new unit. These noises are a sign that one or more components in your unit are worn out. Shut off your unit at the first sign of odd noises and contact a service technician. Hopefully, a technician can fix the problem with a simple repair, but if your unit is out of warranty, it could mean it’s time for a new furnace.
Furnaces are constantly turning on and off to maintain the temperature in your home, but if your system is cycling on for longer periods than it usually does to reach your set indoor temperature, it could mean you have a cycling issue. Clogged furnace filters are the most common cause of cycling issues, but if you regularly change your filter and it appears clean when you check it, it could mean there is a failed or damaged component inside your unit. As we mentioned above, when discussing strange noises, if you’re experiencing cycling issues and your furnace is out of warranty, it could mean it’s time to replace it with a new unit.
Rust & Corrosion
Another warning sign that your furnace needs to be replaced is rust and corrosion on the exterior of the unit. If it’s on the outside, it has likely damaged the components inside as well. At this point, total system failure should be a concern, and even more importantly, the rust and corrosion could be affecting your exhaust vent.
Think it might be time to replace your dated furnace?
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