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Winter is around the corner, and a broken furnace can be inconvenient and leave you stuck in the cold. Although some furnace issues can be repaired, it can also be a sign that it needs to be replaced with a newer furnace. The average furnace lasts about 15 to 20 years. If you have an older furnace, it’s a good idea to make sure it is in good working order before the cold weather hits. Here are a few ways to tell if your furnace is due for a replacement. 

Increasing Costs

If your furnace is beginning to cause increased energy costs, it may be time to replace it. If you notice an unexplained rise in your energy bills, it may be due to your furnace no longer working efficiently. Additionally, an old furnace that regularly breaks down and requires repairs may rack up expenses over time, and it may be more cost-efficient to replace it with a new one that will not require as much maintenance. In either scenario, when extra costs start to add up, it may be time for a replacement.

Physical Damage

If you can see cracks or other physical damage on your furnace, it can quickly become hazardous and should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Also, a buildup of dirt or soot can affect the performance of your furnace and may be a sign of excessive carbon dioxide. This buildup can also affect your home’s air quality and pose health risks and should be dealt with as soon as possible. If you notice physical damage on your furnace, give us a call and our HVAC experts will evaluate whether you need a repair or replacement.

Temperature Fluctuations

If you notice your home is being heated inconsistently, with warmer and cooler spots, this can be a sign of a malfunctioning furnace that needs to be replaced. You may also notice your home generally is not being heated as well as usual. This is a sign that the warm air is not being distributed throughout your home evenly, or it is working inefficiently. These problems with temperature control are common signs of a furnace that may need to be replaced.

At A+ Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, our heating experts can evaluate your furnace and make the appropriate repairs or replacements. We can service and install electric, oil, or gas furnaces. If you have concerns about your furnace, give us a call at (603) 518-5777 or fill out a contact form.