It is a fact that older heating systems can often have breakdowns and require more fuel and energy to run, which makes them undependable. Of course, you can’t afford to buy a new one every time it faces a problem unless you have no other choice. So how do you tell when it is necessary and finally the time to buy a new furnace?
It is important to remember that you shouldn’t wait too long to upgrade your furnace. It is a smart choice to upgrade your heating system while it is still functional, and not after it has completely stopped working. The average lifespan of a furnace depends on multiple factors, but on average, a residential furnace can last between 15 and 20 years. However, if your furnace has been regularly used for up to 10 – 15 years, many problems must have already piled up, and so hindered the functioning of your heating system.
Here are some sensible factors to take into consideration when you want to decide if you should invest in a new furnace:
It is better to stay on the safe side
Older heating systems that have been heavily used for long periods of time can be extremely unreliable – they could randomly start working in the middle of winter without any warning, leaving your home cold. Every year which is delayed in replacing your furnace, adds to the risk of this happening. Besides the age of your furnace, inadequate heating and any unusual noises that are produced indicate that something is wrong. It is much better to make sure your furnace isn’t facing any issues beforehand so that you can avoid any discomfort in the future.
Seeking the help of a professional
As mentioned before, older heating systems may suddenly stop working at any time. To avoid situations like these, regular maintenance is required. A professional can help you in ensuring that your furnace efficiently works for long periods of time. If your heating system has gotten too old and is broken beyond repair, they will also let you know if it is time to upgrade to a new one.
Reducing repair costs and energy expenditure
We all know that poorly maintained furnaces waste a lot of energy and break down more often than the well-maintained and newer ones. If you try to save money by avoiding a large expenditure for too long, you could actually be wasting your money because older heating systems get you a lot of bills on furnace repair. These expenses keep piling up and turn out to be way more expensive than just buying a new one. Instead of throwing your money away every winter for fixing your old furnace, it is wiser to get a modern and efficient furnace installed. With this, only regular maintenance is essential for ensuring that your house stays warm all day, without you having to face any problems. This short-term pain’ will surely result in a ‘long-term gain’!
Profiting from seasonal discounts
Many companies offer great deals on heating systems in the fall. You can take advantage of these sales and lower the cost of a new furnace for your home. If your timing is right, you can upgrade your home’s heating system at a low price, which is going to be greatly beneficial for you.