How old is your furnace?
The average life of a furnace in homes today is between 15 and 18 years, if the home owner has had proper maintenance performed on a regular basis. If your furnace is reaching or has surpassed this age range, you should begin your search for a replacement. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned an ENERGY STAR label.
Are your energy bills high and increasing?
High utility costs may be a symptom of an old inefficient furnace. You can reduce your utility expense by purchasing a new technology, high efficiency furnace. A savings of 20 to 30% is a real possibility. Newer high efficiency equipment also requires less maintenance, further reducing your total heating expense.
Have you checked the condition of your heat exchanger?
As furnaces age, the heat exchanger may become brittle and have a tendency to rust and crack. If this is the case your furnace needs to be replaced. Cracked or deteriorated heat exchangers have caused carbon monoxide leaks in homes. Running a furnace in this condition is very dangerous and could be deadly! Replacing the entire furnace will save you more money in the long run.
Have you had increased furnace repairs?
Furnaces begin to require more frequent and extensive repair as they near the end of their useful life. If your unit is old and is not working, the repair cost may not be worth it, to get it going again. Why spend several hundred dollars with an old inefficient unit, which is already costing you money that is going to require replacement in the near future. Reputable HVAC companies will inspect your furnace and give you options regarding the best way to proceed.
Is your furnace heating your home evenly?
A new high efficiency furnace will go a long way in correcting this problem. You may also need your duct system analyzed to ensure that it is not leaking and is providing the proper air flow. Combining these measures in an entire system evaluation will enable you to achieve improved comfort, efficiency (reduced cost), reliability and a healthy environment for your family.
Have you checked available rebates, incentives and coupons?
You can reduce the cost of a new furnace with state, local, utility and federal incentives/rebates that promote renewable energy and consumer energy efficiency. In addition, local dealer/contractor coupons are available, so now is the best time to replace your equipment considering the financial benefits available today. Most dealers also provide financing to assist you.