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5 Signs Your Furnace Is Getting Old

What happens if your furnace konks out suddenly?

What’s more, it seems that problems like this always happen on the coldest day of the year. You’re forced to deal with a furnace that doesn’t work and may be pushed into buying one that doesn’t quite fit your needs. Plus, you can imagine how hard it is to find someone for heater installation in Vermilion, AB in the dead of winter!

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your time?

You can if you get a new furnace before the old one completely dies. But, how do you know your furnace is getting close to the end? Let’s look at 5 surefire signs you can be on the lookout for.

1. High Energy Bills

Your heating bill will naturally rise during particularly cold times of the year and as energy prices increase. But what if you notice higher-than-normal heating bills that don’t seem to have a cause?

The first thing to do is check your air filter. A dirty filter could be forcing your unit to work harder and burn more energy.

However, higher bills could also mean the unit is nearing the end of its lifespan.

2. Frequent Repairs

The furnace is having trouble and it seems like you just called the repairman not too long ago. Needing small repairs and maintenance is normal as your furnace ages — it is a machine with moving parts, after all.

However, if you are dealing with frequent repairs, your unit is trying to tell you something. It’s not normal to have the repairman out several times in the last two years.

Plus, the cost adds up. It might seem less expensive to keep repairing the old unit — until you add them all up.

3. A Big Repair

Sometimes furnaces won’t be subtle about their aging issues. When you call the repairman, you’re told the repair is large and costly. Depending on the age of your furnace, it is often more cost-effective to buy a new one rather than put a lot of money into your old one.

4. An Aging System

It’s no secret that furnaces don’t last forever. The range of lifespans will vary depending on the quality of your unit and what type of furnace it is. For example, gas furnaces tend to last between 15-20 years whereas electric ones can go for about 20-30 years.

However, if you have any type of furnace around the 20-year mark, it doesn’t hurt to keep an extra close eye on it.

5. Uneven Heating

Does it seem like some rooms are cooler than others?

Your furnace should produce enough heat to warm your whole home and its vent system should make sure there is an even distribution. If this isn’t happening, your aging system could be to blame.

Peace of Mind With a New Furnace

Are you noticing these signs with your heating system? It might be time for you to get a new furnace. We’re available to help you sort through the models on the market. We have the best expertise in the area.

Call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority and rest easy this winter knowing your home will stay toasty warm!

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