Home comfort is expensive. We get it. We know that you want to squeeze as much use out of your furnace as possible, but if your heating system is on the verge of breaking down, you don’t want it to happen on the coldest day of the year, right?
The Big Factors for Furnace Replacement
Of course age is a huge factor when it comes to any appliance. When you first move into your home, if it was previously owned by someone else, you might need to find out how old your furnace is to keep in mind for the future. Your owner’s manual should have the manufacture date listed on it, but you might need to call the manufacturer with the unit’s model number or doing a little Internet search yourself.
A current model can operate for 20 to 30 years, depending on the extent of use and how well maintained the unit is. If you discover that your unit is more than 15 years old, it might be time to start considering replacement options.
If your furnace is not a newer model that is Energy Star-qualified, it could be using a lot more energy than you’d like to pay for. While majority of the Energy Star-qualified furnaces (gas and oil) tend to cost more in initial investment (typically 15 percent), they can save you an average of $66-94 a year, according to the U.S. Energy Star Program.
Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Furnace
So what are other factors to clue you in on the impending end to your current furnace? Here are some questions to ask yourself before starting to shop:
- Have you had to make frequent calls to Weather Master for repairs on your furnace?
- Have you seen your energy bill continuously going up, even though the usage is the same?
- Has your furnace become excessively noisy (e.g. does it rattle, buzz or hum?)?
- Does it seem like the rooms in your house are being heated unevenly? (Some rooms are hotter/colder than others) Related Article: 4 Steps to Evenly Heat Your Home
- Has your furnace started putting out excessive dust, dirt, soot or rust particles?
- Is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?
- Does your house seem drier or dustier than usual?
- Do you see visible signs of rust in and around your furnace?
- Do any of the components of your furnace show cracks or corrosion?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to give Weather Master a call and have one of our home comfort experts take a look at your furnace. If it’s time for furnace replacement, we can work with you to choose the right Lennox furnace that’s perfect for your family, pocketbook and your home.