Facing issues with a home furnace is a headache we all would prefer to avoid. But how do you know when it’s time to replace a furnace, specifically if it hasn’t stopped working yet? For homeowners, it’s a challenging question to face objectively as the price tag of replacing a furnace can be rather intimidating.
Luckily, our team of heating professionals can help you determine whether it’s time for an upgrade. Take a look below to learn more about how our technicians evaluate whether a home is ready for a furnace replacement.
Your furnace is reaching the age of retirement
Furnaces do in fact have a shelf life. Most furnaces last between 20 and 30 years. However, once your furnace hits the 15-year mark, it may be time to evaluate if the unit is continuing to work properly or if the unit is requiring additional repair costs to remain running efficiently. If your unit is needing significant or frequent repairs, upgrading to a newer unit may be the most cost-effective option.
Remember: you can always extend the life of your furnace with regular maintenance. To help you understand the benefits of a furnace tune-up, we recently shared our CPS tune-up checklist on our blog, detailing the many components our HVAC technicians evaluate and repair during an annual tune-up inspection. To schedule your tune-up appointment today, reach out to our team.
The cost of repairs is adding up
As mentioned above, if your furnace heating system is requiring significant or frequent repairs, it may be time to upgrade to a more efficient, reliable, and less costly system.
A new furnace is a long-term investment, but our HVAC technicians will help you determine what unit meets your budget and needs as a household as well as what model is the most energy-efficient, allowing you and your family to save on monthly energy costs. And for CPS Heating and Cooling customers, our team is always ready to help you navigate both financing, Mass Save Heating Rebatesand manufacturer incentives.
Your energy bills have increased
New heating systems have far exceeded their older counterparts when it comes to energy efficiency. To determine your current furnace’s energy efficiency, you can calculate its annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. AFUE, according to Energy.Gov, is the ratio of your furnace or boiler’s annual heat output compared to its total annual fossil fuel energy consumption. So, a furnace with a 90% AFUE uses 90% of its energy to warm your home with 10% escaping through your chimney, windows, etc. New high-efficiency furnaces have AFUEs between 90%-98.5%, compared to older furnaces that range between 56%-70%. Essentially, the older your furnace, the more likely you will need to use more energy (and money!) to heat your home through the colder months.
If all these numbers are making your head spin, take a look at your recent energy bills over the past year. If you notice significant changes in your monthly payments, it may be time to question the efficiency of your furnace. The best course of action is to reach out to a professional to help determine your current furnace’s energy output and whether a newer furnace will save you money in the long run.
With winter right around the corner, the time is now to ask yourself if it’s time for an upgraded furnace. And when it’s time to invest in a new furnace, it’s best to team up with a trusted team of experts to help guide you through the process.
At CPS, consider us your go-to resource for all things furnaces. So once that first snowfall hits the ground, you and your family will be nice and cozy inside your warm home. Contact us anytime to set up a consultation or call us at 508-460-6691 – we’re here to help.