The average gas furnace lasts 15 to 20 years. But there’s a broader range than that. Furnaces with no maintenance can break down in 10 years. And, we’ve seen some last close to 30. The better you care for your system, the longer it lasts.
And, there are often advantages to replacing your system before it breaks down for good.
Peace of mind is a significant factor. If your system is getting older, you can get a new one and not risk going days without heat in the dead of winter.
It’s a big deal because your system is most likely to break down in the coldest weather when it’s working its hardest.
Meanwhile, if you’ve already had your furnace for well over ten years, it’s most likely not working at the same efficiency as when you bought it. Meaning it uses more gas to do the job. And, today’s systems are much more efficient than models from a decade or more ago.
That means that even if your system is still working at peak performance, you’ll still get better efficiency with a new model. That means less gas and lower bills even if you get a heater that’s comparable to your old one.
But, of course, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your original heater. And, there are much better options out there today when it’s time for a new system. We’re covering all that and more in this article.
And, if you have questions about the system in your Fox River Valley home, call us here at Compass Heating and Air. Based in East Dundee, we’ve serviced homes from Elgin and Barrington to Carpentersville and Bloomingdale for more than a decade. Call or click below to email us today.
Catching a small problem before it gets worse saves you money and extends the life of your heating system. So, act fast if you notice these happening with your furnace:
Weird smells or sounds coming from your system are clear signs something’s wrong. Fortunately, it doesn’t always mean an enormous repair bill — or replacement — is on the way. But, you do want to address them quickly.
Common “problem” smells are burning plastic, sulfur, or urine. They can indicate anything from an electrical problem to a dead animal near the system.
You may smell burning for a few minutes after turning your heat on for the first time this season. Don’t worry too much. It’s usually dust that’s settled and is now burning off.
If it goes away in a little while, you’re fine.
Meanwhile, banging, slapping, or gurgling sounds means something’s broken. For instance, a broken fan belt can hit against other components inside the system.
This one is getting trickier to track, but it still holds: If your gas bill goes up for seemingly no reason at all, your furnace is probably to blame.
What’s happening is that it requires more energy than before to do the same job it’s been doing. It could mean you just need a check-and-clean, or maybe a small repair. But, if it keeps happening, your furnace may be on the way out.
Of course, gas prices fluctuate. By the end of 2021, they’re going up significantly. And, of course, the colder it gets, the more heat your system needs to generate. But, if these don’t factor in, and the bill goes up, there’s a problem.
Rooms suddenly colder than they should be often mean your furnace is having trouble keeping up. Once again, a quick check-and-clean may get it running right again. Or maybe a minor repair.
But, if those don’t work and your system is getting older, a new one may be in your near future.
If your furnace short-cycles or turns on and off every few minutes, there’s a problem somewhere. It’s anything from a clogged filter, which is fast and inexpensive to fix, to an oversized system, which may mean you need a new one altogether.
(However, you would have noticed this problem with an oversized system since you installed it. It wouldn’t suddenly start happening).
At any rate, you can end up with a cracked heat exchanger or broken-down furnace if you don’t get this addressed. We go into more detail in this article.
If it’s time for a new furnace, it’s time to consider an upgrade to a heat pump rather than another conventional system. Not only does a heat pump offer both heating and cooling (so no need for new central air)! You also get these benefits:
Because heat pumps transfer heat rather than create it, they use significantly less energy than any conventional heater. Baseboard heat, oil, gas, or propane all essentially burn fossil fuels to create warmth.
It ends up being a lot of energy — and a hefty bill for you in the winter.
With a heat pump, you only use a fraction of that power. If your home has solar panels, you may not need any outside electricity at all for it!
That’s lower bills and better for the environment.
On top of that, you get what you (don’t) pay for: Exceptional comfort! Most people prefer how a heat pump distributes warmth and cooling to a conventional system.
Compass Heating and Air is the trusted name for heat pump installation in Carpentersville, IL and across the Fox River Valley. We’re certified to work with Mitsubishi, Daikin, and other prominent high-efficiency names. And, we have an excellent reputation for doing the work right the first time. Call us at (630) 504-8688 or click the link below for a free consultation.