While it can seem daunting — both financially and logistically – to replace your furnace, at a certain point it can make more sense, and even be more cost-effective, to install a new unit. When you’re ready to install or replace your furnace, call Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. for service in Lombard, IL. You can rest assured that when you call us, we’ll give you an upfront price and stick to it.
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Signs Your Furnace Needs to Be Replaced
While replacing your furnace might not be on your to-do list this winter, there are certain signs you can’t ignore that may indicate you need to install a new unit. These can include:
- If your unit is nearing the end of its expected lifespan.
- If the system is losing efficiency, preventing it from properly heating your home.
- If there are cracks in your unit. This can be especially dangerous if there is a crack in the heat exchanger, which can lead to a carbon monoxide leak.
- If there is an increase in your monthly utility bills.
- If your unit needs multiple – or costly – repairs.
Benefits of Installing a New System
Installing a new furnace in your home can have numerous benefits. Some of the advantages can include:
- New features and updates: New units come with the latest technology and bells and whistles.
- More energy-efficient: New systems can use up to 30 percent less fuel than older systems.
- Less noise: New units make less noise than older units.
- More consistent heating: New models provide more consistent heating throughout your home than older systems.
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Common Furnace Problems
Like most appliances and systems in your home, occasionally your furnace will need repairs. Some common problems that may require a heating contractor to fix can include:
- Lack of maintenance: Not scheduling a tune-up at least once a year can lead to numerous issues with your unit.
- Dirty or clogged filters: Failing to replace your filters regularly – at least every three months – can cause debris to build up, which can put strain on your unit and result in poor indoor air quality.
- Wear and tear: As your unit ages it will develop issues that will require more frequent repairs.
- Malfunctioning thermostat: If the temperature in your home doesn’t match the setting on the thermostat you will need to have the device inspected by a professional.
- Inadequate airflow: Disrupted airflow can cause your unit to overheat.
- Carbon monoxide leak: A carbon monoxide leak is one of the most serious issues you can encounter with your unit. This can be caused by a crack in the heat exchanger.