There are few things worse than having the furnace break down in the middle of winter. Even if it’s quickly repaired, nobody wants to have to spend a cold night at home or try to get work done in an icebox of an office. At Gibby’s Heating & Cooling, we understand what an unfortunate situation this can be. That’s why we advise all our customers in the Hiram area to be on the lookout for these warning signs that signal furnace replacement might be needed.
The Furnace Is Old
The easiest way to tell if a furnace is close to needing a replacement is its age. While there are a number of factors that go into determining the lifespan of a furnace, homeowners can generally expect them to last about 15 to 20 years. If your home’s furnace is in that range, or older than 20 years, you might want to consider having it inspected or even investing in furnace replacement now to avoid emergency repairs. The EPA estimates that replacing a system that is 15 years or older with an Energy-Star rated furnace can improve efficiency by up to 15 percent.
A Spike in Utility Bills
Another telltale sign that a furnace isn’t working properly is a sudden increase in electric or gas bills that can’t be explained by seasonal changes in the weather. If a furnace is no longer working properly, it may be running longer or consuming more gas or electricity in order to provide the same amount of heat. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the furnace is about to break down, it does mean that it costs more to keep it going than it should. Furnace replacement, especially at a special price from Gibby’s Heating & Cooling, could pay for itself in reduced power bills.
The Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Sometimes a furnace sounds its own alarm that it needs to be replaced. If a furnace starts making strange noises that you’ve never heard before, it’s an indication that some mechanism is off. A professional will be able to tell you if it requires a simple repair or if full furnace replacement is needed.
Gibby’s Heating & Cooling has more than 100 years of building comfort. For both residential and commercial customers, we make sure folks feel good inside, no matter what the weather. If you need a new furnace, or any other professional heating and cooling service, contact Gibby’s Heating & Cooling.