Knowing When it’s Time to Replace Your Furnace
While a regularly serviced and well-maintained furnace may last years beyond its estimated lifespan, nothing mechanical lasts forever. It goes without saying that regularly maintained HVAC system is not something you should neglect or overlook. Furnace heating is one of the oldest methods for keeping your home comfortable and warm during the cold, snowy, and wet Massachusetts winters. So it makes sense to contact Karpouzis Commercial Refrigeration for regular furnace repair services before the winter sets in.
Benefits of a well-maintained Furnace and Heating System
Furnaces require regular maintenance and service so that they operate efficiently and continue to provide the comfort and warmth required during winter. Plus, this ensures that you enjoy the following benefits:
- Extended lifespan (average is 20 years)
- Fewer repair issues
- Greater comfort
- Improved indoor air quality
- Increased safety with gas-powered furnaces
- Maximized efficiency
- Reduced monthly utility bills (up to 20% savings annually)
Ironically, when it comes to understanding the importance of regularly scheduled furnace repair, many homeowners overlook the benefits listed above. Unfortunately, today’s homeowner is more concerned with finding the time and having the money to pay for regular furnace maintenance and service. At KCR, Inc. we view furnace maintenance and repair as an investment in home comfort and safety.
Is it Time to replace Your Furnace?
It is always advisable to have an experienced and highly knowledge furnace repair technician inspect and evaluate your mechanism in order to determine whether or not it is time to replace your existing unit. Consequently, we feel it’s important that homeowners should be aware of the red flags or warning signs that indicate when replacement may be necessary. Here are the 6 primary signs that you should be aware of:
Age of your existing furnace – while the average lifespan of most furnaces ranges from 16 to 20 years, some warning signs may become apparent after 12. Even though it may last several more years, this is when you want to start keeping an eye on the unit and watching for those tell-tale signs.
Monthly utility bills keep increasing – if there haven’t been any changes made in your home or to your thermostat and your neighbors are not complaining about their monthly utility bills, the problem may be attributed to your furnace. Sometimes a minor furnace repair and service may be all you need. However, if the problem is severe and the repair is going to be too costly, it may be time to replace your furnace.
Repairs are becoming costlier and more frequent – statistics have shown that there is a greater frequency of furnace repair service calls during a furnace’s last 2 years compared to the rest of its lifespan. So if you are spending increasingly more money every time a service technician comes out to make repairs on your existing unit, investing in a new, energy-efficient furnace is probably going to be your most cost-effective option.
Strange noises are emanating from your furnace – when furnaces start making strange or weird noises and sounds, this is a good indication that it has reached the end of its lifespan and the need to replace it. Banging, rattling, and squealing are all indicators of a failing furnace and that it is time to call the Karpouzis Commercial Refrigeration experts to inspect the unit.
The air in your home is too dry – the older a furnace gets, the more it becomes incapable of cleaning the air inside your home. When this happens, the air becomes drier and dustier, especially during our Massachusetts winters when the air is considerably less humid. If your family members are suffering with allergies, or they are complaining about chapped, cracked, or dry skin, it’s time to consider investing in a new furnace.
You frequently reset your thermostat – if you can’t find your thermostat’s “sweet spot” (ideal temperature level) and it isn’t keeping you comfortable on a consistent basis, this usually indicates that your furnace is beginning to fail. For instance, if heated air isn’t circulating correctly, some rooms may be colder or warmer than others. If this scenario sounds familiar, you may be a candidate for an energy-efficient upgrade.
For more information regarding our line of furnace repair services or to schedule a system inspection and evaluation, please contact KCR, Inc. today.