Posted: 1 Mar '20

Is Now the Time to Replace Your Old Furnace?

Replacing the furnace is an investment in your St. Albert home. So of course, it is natural to have concerns whether it is really time for a furnace replacement. However, your gas furnace will usually give you some clues that it is time for a furnace replacement. Contact us to replace your old furnace.

Nothing Lasts for Ever, Even Your Furnace

How old is your furnace? Even if you have faithfully had it serviced every year, most furnaces will last about 15 to 20 years. Furnaces within that range or over 20 years old are more likely to break down while in use during the winter. If your furnace is over 20 years old, it could become a potential safety hazard. If your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan, replacing it now will help you avoid emergency repairs or safety issues the winter.

Needs Repairs Often

Were you able to make it through last winter without having any furnace repairs? A repair every couple of years might not seem like a big deal. But if your furnace needs to be repaired several times a year just to keep it running, it is time to replace it. Most repairs will occur during the final two years of a gas furnace’s life. If you are racking up repair bills in excess of $500 a year, or a repair will cost you half the cost of replacing your furnace, it is time for a replacement.

Parts are Corroding

Do you see rust, or have you been advised by a service technician that parts are corroding in your furnace? If parts of your furnace have rusted or show other signs of corrosion, it is time to replace it. This can lead to a dangerous situation, especially if the heat exchanger begins to corrode and crack. This could cause deadly carbon monoxide to leak into your home and threaten your and your family’s wellbeing.

Your Furnace Makes Lots of Noise

Your furnace could be working just fine. Suddenly it is making a lot of noise. Sometimes it is just a sign that a repair or adjustment is needed. However, as your furnace ages, you will likely hear more noise, like clanking and rattling. These are signs that it may be time for a replacement. The good news is that a new furnace will operate more quietly, especially if it is equipped with a multi-speed fan.

Your Heating Bills are Increasing

Are you afraid to look at your gas bill each month? If the cost to heat your home is continuing to increase for no apparent reason, it could be your furnace. Of course, an older furnace will use more gas than a newer furnace. But an older furnace that is beginning to fail will use a lot more fuel than it should. It is better to replace an old furnace now with one a new, more energy-efficient model that will help save money on your heating costs.

Time To Replace Your Furnace

Replacing your furnace now before the colder weather arrives helps ensure that you and your family will be comfortable in your home this winter. You will have the peace of mind of not worrying when the next breakdown will come. Now is the time to contact A-1 Heating & Cooling to book your furnace replacement consultation with one of our comfort professionals in the St. Albert area.

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