Your furnace can last for a very long time. However, once your furnace is around 15 years old, it’s time to begin thinking about replacement. Planning is a great way to stay ahead of surprise breakdowns because you’re already preparing for the next step. But how do you know that it is actually time to replace your heater?
There are some signs that you can watch for, or you can get expert help in heating repair in Aztec, NM. Our team can offer a furnace inspection to give you an idea of how much longer you can expect your furnace to last. You can also keep reading to learn about the signs that you can watch for when your furnace is nearing the end of its life.
Frequent or Expensive Repairs
If you feel like you’re constantly calling for furnace repair service, that is a problem. Even in its old age, your furnace should still work great. If you’re having to make repairs too frequently, that’s a sign that your furnace is at the end of its life. Experts estimate that you will see an uptick in repair needs in the last two years of your furnace’s life.
The same applies if you’re having to make very expensive repairs. Experts recommend that you do not spend more than 50% of the cost of a new furnace on a single repair. By the time you pay that much for a repair, you could pay more and have a new furnace that you know will last year for decades to come.
Your furnace is not necessarily silent when it operates, but it should be quiet. If you begin to notice loud sounds coming from your furnace, that is a problem. Anytime, you notice a buzzing, rattling, or another alarming sound, you should turn your furnace off and get it checked out. But, if you’re having persistent problems with loud sounds then your furnace may just be at the end of its life.
Dust and Soot
If your furnace is beginning to produce more dust or set, that is a problem. You may notice it developing around the register. Or, you may have to dust surfaces around your home more frequently. Either way, your furnace is not working as well as it should.
Turning On and Off
It’s normal for your furnace to cycle on and off at regular intervals. But, if you notice your furnace turning on and off more frequently, that is a problem. It could be that your furnace is not able to heat your home effectively, and so it is turning on more frequently in an effort to try and meet your temperature expectations. The problem is, if your furnace runs more, it’s also taking on more wear and tear.
Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call, and let us do it right the first time! Schedule an appointment today for furnace service.