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Seasonal Tips: Is It Time for a Furnace Replacement?

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Is your furnace on its last legs? Furnaces have a lifespan just like any other appliance or piece of equipment, and if it’s been more than 15 years since you’ve had a new one installed, it might be time to start thinking about a replacement.

But beyond the age of your heater, furnaces and heat pumps can put out some other signals that it’s time for a new system. During 2021 and 2022’s winter months, watch out for these three signs that it’s time to call for a professional replacement: your energy bills have been creeping up, the furnace is making strange noises, or it’s not keeping your home as warm as it used to.

Paying Too Much for Power?

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If your energy bills are significantly higher this year than they’ve been in past winters, it may be time to investigate why. Sometimes faulty ductwork can cause increased heating costs because of poor airflow, but don’t rule out the possibility that your furnace needs replacement. If your system is working harder than it needs to in order to heat your home, it can seriously drive up your power bills (and cause expensive repairs down the road).

Avoid spending more than you need to. High energy bills mean that something is fishy, so call a professional to find out if your furnace needs a repair or if it’s on its way out!

Hearing Banging and Clanging?

Strange noises coming from your furnace might just signal that a small part has come loose and needs to be tightened up. If the noise persists, though, it could indicate a more serious problem – and the sooner you deal with it, the better. The temporary fix might be as simple as tightening or replacing a part, but if you commonly hear popping, rattling, screeching, or clicking during operation, there is likely something more serious going on with your unit. Don’t wait to investigate with a licensed HVAC company, especially if you still have a gas furnace in your home.

Still Getting Cold?

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Is an old, failing furnace keeping you cold instead of comfortable? If your home always seems to be colder than it should for the amount of heat being pumped out by the furnace, it is likely time for replacement. Many furnaces have a minimum efficiency standard in order to be sold, but they can lose efficiency over time – and the result is a system that struggles to evenly heat your home and keep it warm.

If you find yourself noticing cold spots and frequent cycling, it means that your heater is fighting to be efficient and functional. Which means that it’s time to consider changing it out for a newer model.

Getting a New System for Your Residential Space

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Replacing a furnace, heat pump, or another kind of heater isn’t cheap. Homeowners can choose to keep repairing an old system or they can go ahead and change it out. However, replacing a failing heating system will almost always save you money in the long run with more efficient heating and fewer repairs.

If you’re experiencing any of these three signs, it may be time to get your furnace checked out. When it comes to HVAC, every major system upgrade or repair should be completed by a licensed professional. Luckily, we have all the experience and knowledge needed to help homeowners find the right solution when it comes to replacing their heating system.

Time to Call Cool Rays AC & Heating!

Need service for your furnace, heat pump, or packaged system? It’s the perfect opportunity to use Brevard County’s best HVAC service under the sun! Cool Rays AC can handle any and all heating system needs, including service, repairs, and replacement. Call us today to find out how we can help this winter.

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