Cleveland, along with the rest of the Midwest, experienced one of the harshest winters this year thanks to the polar vortex. Countless residents in the area experienced frozen pipes and damage to their homes because of furnace failure in frigid conditions. As these homeowners learned the hard way, it’s better to be proactive than to wait for your furnace to break. Watch for these seven warning signs that furnace replacement may be on the horizon so you can start shopping for a replacement right away.
- Age: If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it’s a good idea to start browsing around. It’s much more pleasant to make furnace replacement a planned home improvement rather than a frantic emergency purchase.
- Gas and electric bills: Rising energy prices is one reason for higher utility bills, but worn out equipment could be another. Furnaces gradually lose their capacity as they age, especially if they haven’t been maintained properly. As you peruse your bill, keep in mind that the extra money you’re paying the utility company each month could go toward a furnace replacement.
- Recent repairs: Furnaces require more repairs in the last two years of their lives. If you’ve already recently spent a few hundred dollars just to keep the furnace up and running, consider throwing in the towel the next time the unit breaks down.
- Comfort: Aging furnaces lose the ability to distribute air properly around your home, resulting in temperature variations from room to room.
- Family health: Unexplained headaches, flu-like symptoms and dizziness could signal that carbon monoxide is leaking into your home. Call an HVAC technician without delay and consider a furnace replacement if an immediate solution isn't available.
- Furnace noises: Chirping, screeching, clanging, rattling or other furnace noises could be a sign that your furnace is near the end of its life.
- Humidity: Your home may feel stale and dry if the furnace is losing its ability to moisturize and clean the air.
If comfort, health and energy savings are important to you, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling and start shopping for a furnace replacement today. Four generations of the Wadsworth family have been serving the greater Cleveland area for over 77 years.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.