New furnaces can last up between 15 and 20 years, according to manufacturer reports. But if you’ve purchased a home with an existing furnace, you may not know when that time period is coming up. What you can know for certain is that whenever your furnace decides to call it quits, it will never be a convenient time for you. Stay on top of an upcoming furnace meltdown by keeping a lookout for these three signs your furnace is on its way out.
1. Your heating bills are much higher than last year at this time.
Your energy company may have raised the rates a little, but a big jump in your heating bill indicates that your furnace isn’t working efficiently. This is one of the primary signs that the furnace is reaching the end of its lifespan. The good news is that new furnaces are so energy efficient that you’ll recoup your cost fairly quickly with lower heating bills.
2. The repair visits are becoming a routine part of life.
Every furnace needs maintenance and repair visits now and again. But if your furnace repairman is on a first name basis with everyone in your household, it’s time to start looking into a replacement rather than a repair. There’s only so much even the best repairman can do with a furnace on its last legs.
3. Your furnace is trying to tell you something.
If your furnace routinely makes knocking, groaning, or other scary sounds, those are signs that you probably need a new furnace. Those are the sounds of an inefficient furnace working too hard to maintain the proper temperature in your home.
When you rent a home from Walker Real Estate Rentals, you never have to worry about broken furnaces. We take care of our tenants as well as the quality of the appliances, including furnaces. To find your perfect single-family rental home, call us at 573-855-9304 today!