Furnace Replacement In Baltimore, Lutherville-Timonium, Ellicott City, MD And Surrounding Areas
Let’s face it – we all love a good Q&A session. Especially when it’s centered on a subject that is of real interest to us, our well-being, and our families. It becomes even more important when those questions concern a topic that might very well be burning a hole through our pocket, such as furnace replacement. Of course, we have the internet at our disposal but, sometimes, our personal research doesn’t seem to yield satisfactory results.
So we wish we could just grab the phone and ask a specialist. Well, now you can! We’re in the middle of the cold season and we here at SuperTech know that many of you might have a lot of questions regarding your furnace replacement. So we’ve gathered our best technicians and asked them to answer a few questions for you!
When Is It Time to Replace My Furnace?
There are a few solid indicators that will tell you if and when you should replace your furnace rather than keep using it or fix it if it has broken.
1. When the furnace is close to ending its life expectancy
Most furnaces are expected to live and work properly for about 12 to 15 years. Of course, this all depends on how you’ve maintained it and the climate you live in. When they get close to that mark you will notice that they start working worse and worse. Continuing to use a furnace for more than 15 years may result in a threat.
2. You need to repair it more frequently
When your furnace gets close to ending its life expectancy it will break down more often than it used to. At this point, it might be more financially advantageous for you to simply install a new furnace than to keep fixing the old one.
3. Assess cost of repair vs the cost of replacement
Try to take some notes every time your furnace breaks down. How much does every fixing end up costing you? Add it all up. If the added repairs cost more than 30 or 40 percent of the replacement cost, you need a new gas furnace.
4. When your heating bills start going up
If you notice this happening out of the blue, than there’s something wrong with your heating system. Given the fact that it’s old or maybe broken, the furnace may be surprisingly inefficient. Therefore, go back to the drawing board, do some more math and try to see how much money you’re spending now versus how much you could be saving if you installed a new one.
5. When it doesn’t warm up your house sufficiently
Old furnaces that are close to breaking down completely are not able to warm a space or an entire house like they used to. If you notice this happening to your living space, your furnace needs to be pulled out of circulation.
If this happens, you need to be on your guard because poor air quality indoors and bad ventilation can lead to mold and, later on to respiratory problems and even asthma. The first sign that something is wrong will be an unpleasant smell coming from the vents.
7. When the furnace is too noisy
Yes, a noisy furnace is a nuisance. But it doesn’t just bother your day to day life, it can also be a sign that you have a serious problem. Depending on the different sounds it makes, the furnace may have an unbalanced blower wheel, the interior fan might have broken or there might be something wrong with the transformer if you’re hearing a humming.
8. If you’re planning on selling your house
Let’s say that you plan on moving away and selling your house in the next few years. If you have an old furnace that is close to its life expectancy, you should replace it. This is an excellent way to improve the value of your property.
9. The furnace is emitting carbon monoxide
A furnace that is emitting carbon monoxide is highly dangerous. Old furnaces sometimes get cracks inside the heat exchanger. Therefore, carbon monoxide can leak through there without you knowing. If you start getting frequent headaches, feel nauseated, or feel like your eyes and nose are burning, this might be the cause.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Furnace?
Of course, as you might have expected, there is no way of telling exactly what it will cost you to replace your old furnace until you give us a call. The whole service usually depends on the type of furnace you choose to install and the brand you want. The good news is our prices are competitive and we have the best offers!
Should I Replace My Furnace and Air Conditioner at the Same Time?
Yes, there are instances when this type of job is best for you and doing it all at the same time will save you a lot of time, trouble and even a lot of money. Therefore, you can go for this package deal if you’ve also had your AC for a very long time. If your air conditioner is over 10 years old as well, go for the deal!
The reverse stands true as well. Meaning that if your AC is broken and you plan on replacing it, you may as well go ahead and replace your furnace too if it’s older than 10 years. They usually share a blower motor and, if one is upgraded or replaced and the other is not, they will only work at half the capacity.
Should I Replace My Furnace on My Own?
Absolutely not. Even if you do find tutorials and videos online that walk you through the process, you should always remember that your furnace is a dangerous appliance that runs on gas. Any mishap or mistake that you make can have dire consequences. Remember that HVAC appliances use toxic refrigerants and an entire plethora of chemicals to work that you are not used to. If handled incorrectly, they can leak and harm you.
Apart from that, HVAC appliances use high voltage to function that might shock you or result in sparks. For your safety and that of your family, call a specialist. We are always happy to help you if you need assistance and we are only a phone call away!
Furnace replacement needs a lot of expertise and planning so that it can be carried out perfectly and safely. Living with an old furnace that ups your heating bills and spoils the air quality in your house should never be an option, so think about any other questions you might have and let us know!