Winter is coming; we all know how chilly it can get around here. Your furnace is the superhero in the basement, but what happens when even superheroes get tired?
Your Furnace Is Older Than Your Favorite Pair of Jeans
Age Matters, Seriously!
Like fine wine, furnaces have an expiration date—usually 15-20 years. After that, you’re just pushing your luck. An old furnace is not just inefficient; it could be a ticking time bomb.
How to Tell It’s Old
Look for the manufacturer’s label inside your furnace’s door or panel. No luck? Try the owner’s manual.
If neither is available, even the style and look of the furnace can give away its age. A furnace from the ’90s will look pretty dated!
Bills Shooting Up? Point the Finger at Your Furnace
Sudden Bill Surge, Why?
Imagine running a marathon in flip-flops. That’s what your old furnace is doing. It’s working extra hard, guzzling more energy, and making your bills soar.
Keep an Eye on the Meter
Some smart thermostats can show you how hard your heating system is working. If it’s breaking a sweat, your furnace might be ready for retirement.
The Repair Guy Sends You Holiday Cards
Repairs Aren’t Cheap
A repair here and there is no biggie. But if you’re getting repair bills so often that you could make a scrapbook, it’s time to consider a new furnace.
The Halfway Rule
Quick tip: If fixing the furnace costs half as much as a new one, go for the new one. It’s like knowing when to fold in a poker game—you don’t want to keep sinking money into a losing hand.
Hot in the Kitchen, Cold in the Bedroom?
It’s Not Your Imagination
Your old furnace can get, well, moody. One room is a sauna, while another feels like the Arctic. If this sounds familiar, it’s not you; it’s the furnace.
Your Furnace Is Louder Than Your Teenager’s Music
Noisy Isn’t Normal
Furnaces should be seen, not heard. If your furnace is making a racket, it’s trying to tell you something. Pay attention.
Listen Closely, but Not Too Closely
If your furnace is loud enough to interrupt movie night, it’s a sign something internal might be messed up. No, you’re not hearing things. That’s your furnace saying, “Help!”
Alright, if you’re nodding along and thinking, “Yep, my furnace does that,” then it’s time to get that furnace checked out.
Reach out to HVAC Oren’s Services at 800-974-5349. We’re here to help you stay warm, safe and save money!