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Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Furnace


Furnaces are very sturdy and reliable systems which is why many homeowners invest in this particular type of heater. They can last 15 years and some might even last longer. But once you hit the 15-year mark, it’s time to pay closer attention to how your furnace is operating so you can identify the signs for when it’s time to upgrade your furnace. 

When you understand the signs that your furnace’s performance isn’t quite up to snuff, it’s easier for us to stay ahead of any repairs or system breakdowns. Then, when it’s time for furnace replacement in Federal Way, WA, you know who to call. Our team can answer your questions and get your furnace replaced quickly and efficiently when the time comes.

Surprising Sounds

It’s no secret that your furnace is going to make some sounds as it operates. You may hear the noises it makes when it turns on and off. When you use it for the first time after summer, the system may make more sound than it will for the rest of the heating season as it adjusts to being used after so many months off.

But, those sounds should not last long or be particularly alarming. If your furnace starts to squeak, rumble, bang, or groan, that’s a problem. Sometimes these noises indicate small repairs that are easy to make. But it’s also possible that the sounds indicate your furnace is reaching the end of its lifespan.

Energy Bills

If your energy bills are increasing with no end in sight, your furnace could be to blame. Even if your furnace still heats your home adequately, it may be using a lot of energy to do so. Sure, you don’t want to invest in a new furnace before you absolutely have to. But if you consider the potential energy savings, a new furnace will save you money each year just in energy savings.

Repair After Repair

Although we absolutely love visiting our customers, if you’re seeing us on a regular basis for furnace repairs, that’s a problem. As a general rule, if a repair costs more than 50% of the cost to replace your furnace, it’s time to do so. But you may also add up repair bills over time to get to that 50% number. Instead of spending a lot of money to keep your furnace barely running, you could spend that same money on a new furnace that also comes with peace of mind.

Staying On Longer

If you notice that your heater is staying on for longer periods of time, it may be struggling to maintain a warm home. Allowing your heater to run longer can lead to overheating and damage to the inside of the unit. Unfortunately, this is a natural part of the aging process for your furnace. It’s not necessarily something that our team can fix. After all, as your furnace ages, all of the components wear down.

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today to schedule an appointment! We take your comfort as seriously as you do.

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