When Should I Replace My Gas Furnace?

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A professionally maintained gas furnace can last 12 to 15 years or more. The problem, if you’re like most homeowners in our Hudson Valley service area, is that you may not how old your furnace is, or how well the previous owners of your home took care of their equipment.

If you aren’t sure about your heating equipment’s history, it’s important to know the signs that your furnace is reaching a time when an upgrade is a more sensible investment than another heating system repair. Here are five signs to look for as your heating system works hard to keep your family warm through another Hudson Valley winter.

  1. Age – If your furnace is more than a decade old and you’re experiencing lots of problems, the time to upgrade your equipment is drawing near. If you can’t find the age of furnace based on the model number, here’s a trick: look for the serial number on the manufacturer’s nameplate. The first letter in the serial number corresponds to its month of production; the first two numbers its year of production. For example, in the serial number F032738598, “F”, the sixth letter in the alphabet, corresponds to June, the sixth month. The number “03” represents the year. The furnace was produced in June 2003 – which means it will probably need to be replaced very soon.
  2. Higher bills – Have you noticed your energy bills and fuel usage rising, even after an annual heating tune-up? It could probably time to upgrade. A new high efficiency furnace could save you enough on fuel to offset the cost of a replacement in just a few years.
  3. More frequent repairs ­­– If you’re getting regular visits from your heating service technicians year after year, you could be throwing good money after bad on professional furnace repairs.
  4. Odd noises – Listen for odd noises coming from your furnace, including rattling, humming, screeching, or banging. A heating expert will can diagnose the problem and advise you on sensible next steps.
  5. More dust – Excessive dust could simply be a sign that your furnace air filter is clogged and needs to be replaced – or it could be a more significant problem. If you check and change your air filter (something you should do about once a month during the winter and early spring) and your dust problem remains, it could be time a heating system upgrade – or a duct cleaning.

Seeing (or hearing) signs that it’s time to replace your furnace? We can help. Contact the experts at Porco Energy today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new furnace for your Hudson Valley home.