Repair or Replace? Can your Furnace Handle the Winter Ahead?

Furnace InstallAs we’re well on our way into winter, you’ve already begun utilizing your furnace. But can it get through the winter effectively and efficiently? The professionals at Wyckoff Heating & Cooling know the difference between a furnace that can be repaired, and one that should be replaced. Review our tips below to make an informed decision on your furnace this season.

Consider lifespan. If your furnace was in place before you moved in, the first thing to do is research the age of your unit. This may be as simple as reviewing the owner’s manual or contacting the manufacturer with the unit’s model number. The average life expectancy in homes today is between 16 and 20 years, depending on care and maintenance. If your furnace is close to this age or older, now would be a good time to start researching replacement options so you can plan this home improvement rather than make a decision under pressure. At Wyckoff, we recommend ENERGY STAR® equipment for maximum efficiency.

Warning Signs. Before you make the decision on whether to repair or replace, there are a few telltale signs your furnace needs to be inspected and potentially replaced. Just like your car, if you pay attention, your furnace will let you know how it’s performing. Consider the following:

  • Are your energy bills going up despite the same usage? Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age, causing your furnace to run longer only to provide the same amount of heat.
  • Does your furnace require frequent repairs? Like cars, you can replace one part only to need another replaced or repaired next year. Furnaces incur the most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives. You may wish to get ahead of the game, and invest in a new furnace rather than continue making repairs.
  • Are rooms in your home heated evenly? This could be related to various issues, one being that your furnace lacks the ability to properly distribute air. Duct problems, inadequate air sealing or insulation could also be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated against air leakage, you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder.
  • If you have a natural gas furnace, is your burner flame yellow instead of blue? A yellow or flickering flame may be a sign that carbon monoxide is being created by your furnace. Other possible signs include: streaks of soot around the furnace, excess moisture found on windows and walls, and excessive rust on flue pipes or appliance jacks.
  • Is your furnace making strange noises? Old furnaces start to make strange noises as they reach the end of their life. If you have heard banging, popping, rattling, or squealing or if your blower turns on and off frequently, these are all signs your furnace may need to be replaced.
  • Does your home have dust or humidity problems? Poorly operating or improperly sized equipment could be to blame. Leaky ductwork can also cause these problems, so having it sealed may be a solution. Monthly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment’s filters may also help. Old furnaces often lack the ability to moisturize and clean the air in your home.
  • Does your home feel stale or do family members suffer from allergies? Poor indoor air quality may be associated with on old furnace, poor ventilation and various other reasons. Have a Wyckoff professional inspect your home if you see issues in your air quality.

Money Saving Options to Consider  

If your furnace is not over the expected lifespan or it’s not quite time for replacement, you can still reduce heating costs by following a few simple steps:

  • Consider a home energy audit. Here you will discover areas that need additional insulation or leaks in your home that can be prevented. Uncover inexpensive upgrades that won’t break the bank.
  • Take steps to ensure proper maintenance of your furnace. This will extend the lifetime of your furnace and uphold a high air quality in your home. Something as simple as regularly changing your filter can go a long way.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature to fit your schedule.

One of the most important investments and equipment in your home, it’s important to ensure your furnace is running safely, effectively and efficiently. At Wyckoff Heating & Cooling, we are here to help you make the decision on whether to repair or replace your furnace. By calculating your furnace’s efficiency and annual cost savings, we can help you make an informed decision that will ensure your family stays warm each day this winter and many winters to come. To get more information needing to repair or replace your furnace contact us. To learn more about getting your furnace serviced watch our fall tune up video now.

 

About Job Cooper

Job Cooper is the third generation of the Wyckoff family to own the business and is the grandson of the founder, Don Wyckoff Sr. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, boating, golfing and spending time with his family.

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84 Responses to Repair or Replace? Can your Furnace Handle the Winter Ahead?

  1. garybirtles14 says:

    My furnace has been making clinking sounds for a while now. I’m beginning to think it is on it’s last leg. I need to get it replaced before it gets any colder. I’d hate to be stuck in the cold without a heater. <a href=’http://rockymountainclimate.com/products-and-services-offered/furnaces/’ >http://rockymountainclimate.com/products-and-services-offered/furnaces/</a&gt;

  2. BonobosMarcos says:

    To purchase new or repair, The age old question. This winter I am faced with a predicament where my heater might just be able to last through the winter, but is it worth the risk? I was going to attempt a repair myself but I think that hiring a professional to come check it up and ensure it will last through out the winter is a better plan.

    http://kohlesandbach.com/service/des-moines-furnace-repair-service/

  3. jaytoolman92 says:

    I would love to have my furnace checked to see how efficient it is. I don’t know if mine is just older or if it needs to be repaired. I feel like I am using more gas than what’s necessary each month. http://www.allheatingservices.com/services/

  4. janefairfax18 says:

    I really need to send this on to my mother. Her furnace is in serious need of repair, but she refuses to call a company. She doesn’t think it is anything other than normal wear and tear, even though the rest of us can see the need for professional help. Maybe after reading this, she will finally call a company to look at it.

    <a href=’http://www.nebraskaheatingandair.com/heating-repair-service’ >http://www.nebraskaheatingandair.com/heating-repair-service</a&gt;

  5. KentClark1 says:

    I didn’t realize that the color of the flame was indicative of needing a new furnace. We have had our furnace for a while, but it works fine. Are there things that I can do to service it and prevent it from dying on me? http://www.anytimeservicesinc.com/NJ-HVAC/furnace-repairs.html

  6. CaseyJones1 says:

    Interesting information, I didn’t realize that furnaces typically had a lifespan of 20 or so years.  Mine is about 10 years old right now.  Judging by what you said, that means it should only be midlife right now.  I didn’t throw out my parents once they turned 40 so I won’t throw out my furnace.  I will look into getting it repaired right away, thanks!
    http://www.comfortecheating.com/service_and_warranties.html

  7. FelicitySandy says:

    I really like your idea that you brought up to have a programmable thermostat installed. I think that you could save so much money if this smart thermostat is recording what times you leave for work and what times to fire up right before you get home to be the right temperature. That is seriously ingenious to program to your furnace for the winter months! 
    http://www.capitalheatingandcooling.com/home_comfort_systems.htm

  8. JordanJohnson2 says:

    Based upon what you have said, I think I need to replace my heating unit. I have never bought a furnace in my life. When I buy it, is the cost of installation accounted for in the price of the unit, or is it an extra cost?  http://supercoolheatingandair.com/heating.html

  9. JamesClarkson says:

    CaseyJones1 20 years is a fairly long lifespan, which may cause many of us to simply forget we need to make regular maintenance checks and make sure we have it replaced when necessary. Keeping your furnace operating properly will ensure that it maintains efficiency and lowers your heating bills. I would make sure to have your furnace looked at Casey because it may be suffering a mid-life crisis; hopefully not, but it never hurts to take extra precautions.
    http://www.affordableheatingandcooling.net/heating.html

  10. daveyhiltz says:

    I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to replace our furnace. It’s been in the house for over 20 years and I’m sure its going to croak any moment. Just a few days ago, it started moaning louder than usual. That’s a sure sign that it’s about to die. I’m hoping not though, I don’t think I can afford a new one.
    http://www.proctor-mech.com/services/

  11. tedsmith575 says:

    Thank you for the warning signs indicating that my furnace needs to be repaired or replaced. I didn’t know that if the burner flame is yellow it is an indication that I need to have the furnace repaired. The burner light just started to turn yellow and I thought nothing of it. Hopefully I can get if fixed quickly before my furnace is damaged beyond repair.
    http://www.alwaysplumbing.ca/heating.html

  12. AshleyReed says:

    I think my furnace needs quite a bit repaired, if not just replaced. I’ve dealt with my flame going out so often this year, I just want the furnace gone. I hope that I can get a new one soon, but I don’t know what else to do.  http://www.comfortablehome.ca/furnace_repair.html

  13. Marcus Morgan says:

    We have been having some problems with our furnace. I am trying to decide if I want to get a brand new one since we have had it so long or just pay someone to come and fix it. So I am researching to see what is the best choice. This article was really helpful and I am just going to have someone take a look at it to see what they say. http://www.sullivanservice.com/furnace-and-boiler-repairs

  14. Pyrrhomaniac says:

    Job, I think that my furnace has been making strange noises lately. I’m not sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.unitediowa.com/services.html

  15. WalterKowalski says:

    Thank you for this information. My family and I just moved into a new house and I’m not sure how old the heater is. It isn’t working very well, so I’m not sure if it just needs to be repaired or if it needs to be replaced all together. As far as I can tell, it isn’t showing any of the warning signs that you listed, so I think it just needs to be repaired.
    Walter Kowalski | http://www.mclaughlin-air.com/heating-repair.html

  16. kelseyhiggins says:

    My parents have recently been complaining about their heating bill raising without them increasing their usage. I wonder if maybe their furnace is getting old and losing efficiency. They have had it for quite a long time, it is probably about time for them to replace it anyway. http://www.originaldonnelly.com/heating/

  17. eugened314 says:

    This is a question I have been struggling with all winter. My furnace did a poor job of warming our home this year, and I am not sure what to do about it. I think the furnace is about 20 years old, and that is right on the borderline of your life expectancy prediction. It might just be easier to replace the entire thing.
    http://www.infinityappliance.net/why_choose_us.html

  18. James Lisbon says:

    I think that the question posed here might be an important question for other appliances as well.   It often seems like the question becomes “should I repair it or fix it?” for all kinds of different things.  It is probably something that would require a little bit of research to determine what would fit your needs. http://www.albertaappliance.com/

  19. WalterKowalski says:

    Thank you for this advice. My energy bills are constantly increasing and it is very frustrating. I’ve considered having it repaired, but I’ve already had it repaired quite a bit. I think that replacement is probably a better option.
    Walter Kowalski | http://www.cydcom.ca/furnaces.html

  20. EliasRufus says:

    We were having many of the symptoms as suggested above. We finally called a general contractor as I was unable to pinpoint the complication with our furnace. Our complication seemed to be due to a faulty pilot light. However, after much inspection, I came to the conclusion that the flu vent was dislodged. This caused the exhaust to flow back into the oxygen vent. I will now keep that in mind after running through this checklist to see if it’s time to replace our furnace.
    http://davidsonremodelinginc.com/

  21. robbhardy3 says:

    Job, I think the most common thing used to diagnose problems is if the furnace is making strange noises. The other things to look out for didn’t cross my mind immediately. I have a rental property and I think the heater there is almost to the point where it needs to be replaced. I will have to ask my renters to keep these tips in mind and keep me posted on how things are.
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  22. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my furnace has been making strange noises lately. I’m not sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to have someone at least come and check it out for me.  http://www.wightmanmechanical.com/furnaces.html

  23. sfreddson2156 says:

    I never realized that furnaces break down the most during the last two years of their lives. Does this mean that when repairs start to get frequent it’s time to replace? I’m sure it’s somewhat of a case by case basis but I’m glad you gave us a couple rules to follow. Great tips, thanks for sharing! http://www.macsheatingandcooling.com/HVAC-Services-HVAC-Maintenance-Newport-News-VA.html

  24. Rose Nickelson says:

    Job, this is so helpful for a first time home owner. I just recently bought my first house and I was wondering if I needed to repair my furnace before winter. I had no idea that if you had a natural gas furnace and you burners flames are yellow instead of blue that something could be wrong. I have a natural gas furnace and that is something I am going to need to keep in mind.  http://www.proctor-mech.com/services/

  25. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.mikebertolinoplumbing.com

  26. rbenson1 says:

    I really appreciate your list of signs that you may need to replace your furnace.  I didn’t know that a furnace actually loses efficiency as they age.  My furnace is about 10 years old but has required a lot of repairs recently.  It seems like it might be a good idea to start saving for new equipment.  <a href=’http://www.plumbergrandeprairie.ca/furnace_repair.html’ >http://www.plumbergrandeprairie.ca/furnace_repair.html</a&gt;

  27. philthom4s says:

    It really is scary when furnaces make strange noises, especially at night. The noise likes to echo through out the house through the ducts. I would get that fixed just to get the noise to stop, I am a scaredy cat.

    http://www.sullivanservice.com/furnace-and-boiler-repairs

  28. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.nuwaysolar.net/heat-pumps.html

  29. My furnace makes the weirdest noise I have ever heard at night. I am thinking about getting it replaced because there is no way I can get to sleep every night with that noise going on. Good to know I am not the only one that thinks it needs to be replaced. Thanks for the heads up, and great tips. http://www.virginiamechanical.com/services/heating.html

  30. JohnnyShi1 says:

    I thought it was interesting that you mentioned allergies being related to poor indoor air quality. I thought that could be solved by switching out the air filter. Lately our family has been having some major allergy issues. I wonder if has to do with our furnace. Thanks for the suggestions.  http://www.gandgapplianceservice.com

  31. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not entirely sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt to at least have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.canuckmechanical.com/en/services.html

  32. geraldvonberger says:

    It’s really helpful to know the signs of needing furnace repair. From what you said, it sounds like I won’t have to replace my furnace, I’ll just need it repaired. I’d imagine it still has a good lifespan still left in it. It’s really comforting to know that I’m not going to have to spend money on a new one just yet. http://mitchellplumbing.com/heating-cooling/furnaces/

  33. reginamariepeterson says:

    I am looking at repairing my furnace. After reading this article, I think it might be time to just get a new furnace. The main reason I am thinking this is because my home is not heated evenly. Thanks for the info. http://www.lakesideheating.com/furnaces/

  34. correysmith321 says:

    That’s always been a question of mine ever since moving into my new cabin that I just bought in Idaho. I guess when a furnace breaks down or has problems that’s when my whole family gets worried. Luckily I was able to get proper training from the neighbors next door into how to do the maintenance on those furnaces. http://www.summersandsmith.ca/

  35. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not entirely sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt to at least have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.jonesheatingandair.com/services_commercial.php

  36. JaxWillis23 says:

    Figuring out how to handle something like this isn’t exactly easy to do. I know that a lot of people struggle trying to figure out things like this, but they don’t have to be as hard to figure out as people make them. I think the best thing people can do is to talk to a technician about it. Getting that professional opinion will let you know exactly what should be done.
    http://quickservant.com/heating-baltimore-emergency-heating-repair-services-howard-county-md.php

  37. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not entirely sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt to at least have someone at least come and check it out for me. http://www.jandsheatingandair.ca/en/services.html

  38. MaryJanePrincton says:

    My furnace has been struggling a lot lately. I am kind of afraid that it isn’t going to make it through the winter. I would really like to have a professional come look at it though just to make sure. I think it might just be time to get a new furnace all together.

    http://www.serviceplusexperts.com/services.htm

  39. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not entirely sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt to at least have someone at least come and check it out for me.  http://www.coeheatcool.com/heatingpage.html

  40. quintrent13 says:

    Knowing when it is that you are suppose to repair or replace your heating system is important to know. That way you can make sure that you know what it is that you can do to have it ready for the winter. It is a good thing too, because not very many people can fix these heating systems like this.
     http://www.trirom.ca/en/

  41. tedsmith575 says:

    I really appreciate the list of warning signs that indicate that my heating system needs to be replaced. My heating system has a few of these symptoms. When should I have my heating service replaced? Should I wait until more signs come or would waiting be a bad idea?
    http://www.comfortzoneheatnair.com/Heating-and-Cooling-Systems-Elmira-NY.html

  42. James Lisbon says:

    It was interesting when the article mentioned to watch out for rising energy bills despite the same usage.   I can see how that could possibly happen down the road depending on the situation.   Luckily, there seem to be different things that one can do to make sure that their heating is working the way it should. http://www.cardinalusa.com/services/

  43. CaseyJones1 says:

    Thanks for the advice on furnace maintenance.  I agree that you need to look into whether or not your furnace can handle the upcoming months of cold.  Maybe I should get mine looked out by an HVAC contractor.
    http://www.coeheatcool.com/heatingpage.html

  44. LaceyRockwell1 says:

    At the end of last winter, our furnace was having some problems. It’s going to start getting cold again, and I think we need to have it looked at. These were some awesome tips, and I will be sure to use them. It would be nice to pinpoint what is wrong, then if needs be, call a professional to come take care of it for me. 

    http://www.butlerheatingandair.com/products-new.html

  45. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been making strange noises lately. I’m not entirely sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt to at least have someone at least come and check it out for me.  http://www.rapidplumbinglex.com/water-heaters

  46. wilmascott24 says:

    I have been having a lot of issues with my furnace lately. I wasn’t sure whether I should just try to get it repaired, or bite the bullet and replace it. It seems to be fixed for a while after I repair it, but then it just breaks again. Thanks for the tips!  http://www.gandgapplianceservice.com

  47. Growing up, we had the same furnace for a good 16 years, but it had already been in the home for at least ten years already. It was very noisy and wasn’t very effective. The improvement was huge when we replaced it a year before I left for college. It’s totally worth it!
    http://www.longbeachair.com/furnace-systems-signal-hill-ca.html

  48. lillysedrick says:

    It is a really good idea to make sure that your furnace is ready for the winter far in advance. I would really suggest having your furnace looked at sometime in the summer. By doing this you can make sure that your furnace is ready to work hard during the winter. Winter time is also when heating companies get really busy. It would be really nice to be able to beat the rush and get help right when you need it.

    http://www.midnightsunheating.ca/en/heating_systems.html

  49. Pyrrho says:

    Job, i’m not sure how old my heater is. it sounds like anything older than 16 years might need an inspection. I wouldn’t want to deal with a broken down heater, so I’ll probably have a professional stop by to look at it. http://www.guyhydegasfitting.com.au/hot-water-services-and-installation

  50. James Lisbon says:

    The tip that stuck out to me was when it mentioned to check and see if rooms are heated evenly.  The last thing a homeowner would probably want is for their home to be all kinds of different temperatures.  Luckily there seem to be services out there that can help should problems arise with different units. http://www.kennard-paceco.com/HVAC-Roanoke-VA.html

  51. EmilySmith3 says:

    Job, this is just the information I needed about furnace heaters. My husband and I just moved into out first home. It is a little older but we like it. We have been thinking of getting our furnace checked out to make sure it is workings. I will have to keep some of these warning signs in mind in case it needs to be replaced.
    Emily Smith | http://www.bishopplumbing.com/services/hvac-services/

  52. Pyrrho says:

    Job, I’m not sure how old my heater is. It sounds like anything older than 16 years might need an inspection. I wouldn’t want to deal with a broken down heater, so I’ll probably have a professional stop by to look at it. http://www.lucedfurnaces.com/edmonton-heating.html

  53. Pyrrho says:

    Job, I’m not sure how old my heater is. It sounds like anything older than 16 years might need an inspection. I wouldn’t want to deal with a broken down heater, so I’ll probably have a professional stop by to look at it. http://www.ueinc.us/heating_cooling.html

  54. Joeywall87 says:

    I am just finding out about the home energy audit. I seriously could have done this in such a long time ago. I have been suspecting that my kitchen area has no insulation on one of the walls. It seriously gets so cold there in the winter. http://www.canuckmechanical.com/en/services.html

  55. tedsmith575 says:

    Thank you so much for the tips on how to know whether or not I should repair or replace my furnace. I really like the list of warning signs that indicate that your furnace needs to be repaired or replaced. When I get home from work, I will have to see if any of these warning signs are present with my furnace. I hope that my furnace will be in tip top shape.
    http://unitedappliancesinc.com

  56. wjack4580 says:

    For the past few winters I have noticed that my brother’s room is more heated them mine and we are right next to each others. From what the article is saying, it seems to be an issue with the air ducts in the home. Looks like I might have to get someone to help figure out what is going on in the ducts. http://www.toddcoinc.com/services/heating-air/

  57. Pyrrho says:

    Job, I’m not sure how old my heater is. It sounds like anything older than 16 years might need an inspection. I wouldn’t want to deal with a broken down heater, so I’ll probably have a professional stop by to look at it. http://www.americanapplianceinc.com/products.html

  58. MikeReynolds13 says:

    Job, I think that my heater has been experiencing your fifth warning sign. It has been making a lot of strange noises lately. I’m not sure if it is a sign of needing repairs or not. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to have someone at least come and check it out for me. Maybe I should have the pumps checked as well while I’m at it.

  59. emilyjsmith2 says:

    Job, this was just the information I was looking for about heating services. My husband and I just bought and older home and we are trying to decide what appliance might need repair or replacement. The tip about finding out the age of the furnace we have now seems like a good idea. We will have to keep that in mind.
    Emily Smith | http://www.cocomfortsystems.com/residential-heating/

  60. sfreddson2156 says:

    People often overestimate the lifespan of their appliances. It seems like they should last a long time, but we sometimes don’t realize what kind of stress we put on them. If you’re careful and you keep track, you’ll be much happier with the results. Thanks for sharing! http://www.arizonadiscountappliance.com/

  61. Jeffybridge says:

    I had no idea that the burner flame could indicate carbon monoxide. That seems like it would be really important to check on your heater to get repaired. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous so it’s best to double check that your furnace is not giving it off.
    http://www.lakesideheating.com/furnaces/

  62. brandonroberts055 says:

    My furnace has been acting really weird lately. I have no idea what is going on with it either. Now that I read this, I hear my furnace making very strange noises. I really appreciate you talking about this, and making me aware that that is a sign that it needs to be replaced. I’ll definitely jump on that right away. http://www.serviceplusexperts.com/services.htm

  63. emilysmith47876 says:

    Thanks for the tips on when I should replace my furnace. I really like the list of warning signs that show that I need to replace my furnace. However, I have heard that the ducts might need replacing instead. My friend said that his air ducts had leaks in them and that was why many of the signs listed were occurring. You should also hire someone to inspect the air ducts. 
    http://www.danforthroofingsupply.com/en/sheet_metal_and_hvac.html

  64. ShirleyWilliams4 says:

    It would definitely be difficult to deal with some of these issues to say the least. Hopefully people can understand that there are definitely times when repair can help, and that it can help immensely, but at the same time, there are situations when replacing is necessary, and that’s all you can do. I know that I wouldn’t want to have my furnace break during the middle of a big storm and have to wait for a technician to come out. Getting it done before winter can help prevent that.

    http://www.danielsheatingandair.com

  65. meglund02 says:

    I had no idea that poor indoor quality could be a result of a bad furnace. You suggest, however, that poor ventilation or air quality could be because you have an old or bad furnace and should be inspected. This is a helpful tip to know, and I will definitely be sure to check my furnace regularly, make sure it’s getting maintained, and replaced if needed. Thank you for the great insight! http://www.valleyrooterplumbing.com

  66. JessyShaw says:

    After a random cold front that hit our town a few days ago, I decided to turn on our furnace. Initially there was a burning smell that comes with turning it on after a few months and then we discovered that our home wasn’t being heated evenly. It is pretty old so I am thinking that it may need a repair or two. Getting it done before the real cold weather sets in this fall will probably be the best idea. http://jpsheating.ca/repair-service/

  67. jstrong196 says:

    My parents have had the same furnace in their home since we all moved in it twenty something years ago. They have had the furnace serviced and checked, but I’m just wondering if it needs t be replaced. The insights given here are saying that they should at least look into it and see if it would be a wise investment. 

    http://www.thermo-tech.ca/air_conditioning_and_furnaces.html

  68. brandonroberts055 says:

    I definitely think that it is important for people to know about this kind of thing! Knowing whether to repair or replace an old furnace can be kind of stressful sometimes. But I feel like if more people were to know about the things you talked about, that they would be able to understand what their best option would be. So great job at posting about this Job! http://www.airprosga.com

  69. April Williams says:

    I think during the winter, it isn’t terribly smart to replace your air conditioning unit. It would just be to hard to take the old unit out and take in the new. It seems like it would be smarter to repair the unit. http://thatservicecompany.com

  70. DanielaAdams says:

    Excellent article, so informative and helpful! I’ve noticed our energy bill are more than usual, even though we haven’t been using more energy or anything. Now, that I’ve read your article, I wonder if it’s the problem with the furnace. I will have it checked, I think it’s fairly old. http://www.abaileyplumbing.com/heating-air-conditioning.shtml

  71. Cheryl_Smith says:

    I have been thinking about replacing my furnace for a while now. Like you mentioned, my furnace would keep turning on more than usual last year. Hopefully, I haven’t waited too long to fix this problem.
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  72. Craig Elliott says:

    http://nicehomeservices.com/
    should make your heating unit handle the cold of the winter. However if you
    have not used the unit for a long time and winter is approaching it would be
    best If you have it checked for any repairs.

  73. zzth1 says:

    I always forget that furnaces have expiration dates just like everything else. I have been trying to get a new furnace for a while. I keep wondering if I should be installing it myself or if I should get a contractor to come and put it in for me. What do you have to say about that? I feel like it would be easy to install but I don’t want to take time on it. I am thinking about just getting a contractor. Then when I have a problem I know it wasn’t my fault. http://lansingheating.net/service

  74. BryceTrout says:

    I have noticed that my heating bills have been going up, and now that you mention it, my rooms aren’t heating evenly either. I really don’t want my heater to quit on me in the middle of winter. I guess it is time to call a heating repair service. Thank you for sharing. http://www.aumentaplumbing.com/services-.html

  75. TaylorCollins says:

    I definitely think it’s important to prepare for winter as well as you possibly can. Nothing would be worse than having your furnace give out in the middle of a horrible snow storm. Hopefully more people will consider this and call a professional to get things examined before it gets to be too late. I know that’s what I plan on doing, and I can’t imagine why somebody would choose to do anything different.
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  76. JanelleWinters says:

    I feel like such a silly person, but I always thought that it was normal for furnaces to bang and rattle! I grew up in a pre-war apartment building so the noises were a natural part of life in the winter. I recently moved into an ancient house, and the other week when I turned on the heat for the first time I noticed the sounds. Now that I know that they’re NOT normal, I’ll get the furnace inspected right away. I’m so glad I read up on this! http://www.rivercityac.com/hvac-maintenance/

  77. BettyJohnson says:

    So I can find out how old our furnace is from the model number. We will have to do that, since I’m not sure how long it’s been there. I don’t think it heats our house evenly and our heating bills have been going up lately. Maybe it’s time to <a href=’http://www.washamplumbing.com/services.html’ > replace our furnace.</a>

  78. seansimons15 says:

    I think I would prefer to have my furnace repaired as it definitely seems like less expensive. One of the things you mention in the article is an energy bill that is going up despite the same usage. I have been watching my usage for the past few months and it has been the same, but my bill has been going up. I hope that I can have some repairs done that will fix the issue. 

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  79. evanspetuniaflower says:

    I’ve always wondered what was the line between repair and replace on our furnace, and this has really helped! Every so often, it makes a weird noise, so I think that I’ll have to call someone to look at it. Unfortunately I don’t know the age of our furnace, so I’ll have to check on that as soon as possible! Thanks so much for this advice! http://rbincorporated.com/services/heating-services/

  80. AndreBeluchi says:

    Job, that’s great to know about furnaces running longer when they age. When it comes down to that, would an electrician know how to fix the issue and even rewire the thing? If it’s possible, then it would be something to look into so that way my furnace can be fixed. http://www.combinedelect1.com.au/contact

  81. Paul Langley says:

    This is some really valuable information for any homeowner. That is a great list of warning signs to watch for at any time during the year. It’s especially important to watch for signs of rust and carbon monoxide development, which can be deadly. Thanks so much for writing! 
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  82. I recommend to hire a licensed and certified HVAC specialist to perform what’s called a
    “Manual J” evaluation on your house, which will tell you exactly what
    size system your house will require to run at maximum efficiency. This
    is important, since systems that are too large or too small will cost
    you a lot more to run over their lifetime, and require either
    supplemental conditioning (space heaters) or supplemental ventilation,
    which boosts your costs even more.

  83. jessie4harrison says:

    We just moved into a new home and the heater doesn’t work too well. I’m concerned that it needs repair. However, I also have a theory that it needs to be replaced. I’m taking your first tip and considering the lifespan. Hopefully, it’s as simple as replacing an air filter. http://www.greers-service.com/

  84. brendapalmeri7348 says:

    Thanks for your tips ! Maintenance of furnace is important for good service..<a href=”http://www.heatwavedenver.net/”>heatwave hvac denver</a>

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