The summer chaos is finally coming to an end, and as we head towards the season where the days will be shorter and weather highly unpredictable, we need to prepare ourselves for what comes next.
Canada’s winter is profoundly harsh yet exciting, with snow blankets covering almost every inch and snowstorms taking over the sky now and then. However, if we want to enjoy this weather without feeling miserable on its freezing mornings and stormy nights, we must ensure that all our heating systems are up-to-date and working correctly.
Furnaces play a crucial role in keeping our homes warm and cozy during fall and winter. If you believe your current furnace will struggle to provide you with the warmth you will require this winter, it may be time to replace it.
Below are some telltale signs that will help you decide whether it’s time to invest in a new furnace.
The System Has Aged
A well-maintained furnace can last 15-20 years. As the furnace ages, it becomes more and more challenging for it to do its job efficiently. If your system is over 15 years old, then it might be best to let it retire. Furthermore, spending money on its repair, after its ideal age, is not worth it. You can check your furnace’s age by locating the owner’s manual or looking at its model number.
Rising Energy Bills
A steep rise in utility bills during winter is a big sign that your furnace needs an immediate replacement as a worn-out furnace has to work a lot harder to maintain the house’s temperature. If you remember getting high heating bills last winter, then a bad furnace was probably causing it. Getting a new furnace will significantly bring down your energy bills, helping you save months of money in the process.
If you notice different rooms of your house are heating unevenly or are not heated at all, then it is probably time to get your furnace checked for the last time. An old furnace struggles to push heat uniformly through the vents. If the system’s maintenance and repair don’t fix the problem, it is best not to waste more money and get it replaced as soon as possible.
It Looks Bad
Before winter starts, it is best to give your furnace a visual inspection. Ensure it does not have any cracks, and none of the parts have signs of corrosion and rust. If you see any cracks, leaks, dirt, or rust developing on the system, it is time to replace it. Moreover, if your system is unusually loud and makes weird noises like a high buzz, rattle, or hum, it is probably best to call an HVAC expert and get it inspected.
Poor Air Quality
If you notice a sudden dryness in the air after running your heating system, then your furnace might be to blame. Old or broken furnaces struggle to regulate air throughout the house, reducing the indoor air quality significantly and making it dry. If you don’t replace your furnace after this telltale sign, then you might be signing yourself up for sick days.
About Nor-Can Heating & Air
Nor-Can Heating & Air is an HVAC expert based in Edmonton. We offer installation, repair, and replacement services for all kinds of heating systems, including furnaces and air conditioning units. If you live in Edmonton and notice any of the above signs, give us a quick call, and we will take care of your heating needs. Contact us or visit our website for more information.