Replacing your furnace can be a stressful proposition. The average life of a heating unit is between 10 and 20 years, meaning this is a purchase that one does not make often. Because of that, along with ever-changing technology over the past decade, furnace replacement can be confusing. Before you invest several thousand dollars in a new unit, follow these tips to guide your purchase.
Monitor Furnace Performance
The first thing to look at is the furnace’s age. If it’s more than 12 years old, it’s a good candidate for replacement. Repeated repairs also point to a new furnace. If you note an increase in utility bills without an increase in usage, your furnace may be losing efficiency. Other signs include systems that run longer than normal, needs a higher thermostat setting or makes funny noises are also cause for concern.
If you believe your furnace needs replacement, find out as much as possible about your system and learn whether the problems you have are typical. Do any warranties or recalls apply to your unit? Gathering such information will arm you with what you need to talk intelligently with industry professionals and will help you to understand how they operate as well as helping you avoid being cheated on servicing.
Act Before Temperatures Get Cold
Replace your furnace before you need it most so you are not caught waiting for service when the weather is freezing. Furnace replacement generally takes a full day, so it makes sense to plan ahead and avoid an uncomfortable day while the new heating system is installed.
Get a Furnace Tune-Up
Even if you’re sure you need a new furnace, get it tuned up first for added security. During a tune-up, a qualified technician will examine your furnace and should be able to confirm or dismiss the need for replacement. Even if you don’t need a new system, you’ll optimize your current investment and postpone the need for purchasing a new unit.
Get a Professional’s Opinion
A professional analysis of your home’s heating needs is also essential to proper furnace replacement. By educating yourself beforehand, you’ll be better able to understand the options that are available for your home.