Signs Your Furnace Is About to Fail

woman-huddled-in-blanket-on-couch-looking-coldCommitting to the decision that it’s time to replace your furnace is never fun, but it can certainly be necessary. Unfortunately, heating systems don’t last forever. They succumb to wear and tear, and eventually break down. In the case of gas-powered furnaces, they can even become dangerous as they age if they’re not properly maintained and inspected. This isn’t to say gas furnaces are inherently dangerous, just that it’s important to be aware that they can be.

Let’s say you’re wondering if it’s time to upgrade your furnace, but still, have some hesitation. What do you need to know in order to make the decision? Read on as we uncover some of the top signs your furnace may fail soon—which will make the replacement decision for you!

You Have an Old Furnace

How old is your furnace? If your answer exceeds 10 years, then your heating system is nearing the end of its estimated lifespan, even if it has been well cared for and you aren’t facing any huge problems with it.

Furnaces are built to last for only so long, and if you run yours past its prime then you aren’t going to get the performance and efficiency you deserve. Avoiding replacement can actually cost you more in the long run, through exponentially increasing energy bills.

You Constantly Have to Call for Repairs

How many times have you had to call for professional furnace repairs in the last few years? You shouldn’t have to too often. A properly maintained furnace may need an additional repair once every couple of years or so. If you find yourself calling for repairs once every few months, then there’s a problem.

A good rule of thumb to go by here is that if your next repair or set of repairs is going to cost you half of what the furnace is worth, it’s going to make more sense to replace.

You Hear Concerning Noises Coming from Your Heater

There’s no heating system out there that is completely silent. Sure, there are definitely some on the quieter side, but all heaters make noise as they operate and even as they cycle off. What you should pay attention to are noises that pop up out of nowhere, and aren’t what you’re used to hearing.

This can include rattling, banging, grating, humming, screeching, or clanging. While many noises are a sign of a repair need—which our team can effectively handle—if you have an older system it definitely could mean it’s time for an upgrade.

You Feel Low Heat or Low Airflow Coming from the Vents

Like with strange noises, these can both be signs that you need a simple repair—perhaps your ductwork has a breach that isn’t allowing the powerful airflow you’re used to, or maybe you have a clogged air filter that needs to be swapped out.

But also akin to strange noises, low heat or low airflow in a 10-15 year old furnace is typically a sign that your furnace just can’t work like it used to anymore.

The only way to determine if you’re ready for a replacement or a repair will do is to contact the pros. We’ll help you make an educated decision!

To professionally address the problems with your heating in Olympia, WA,

contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today.

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