Repair Vs. Replace: The 6 signs that tell you to install a new furnace

We understand that a new furnace isn’t on everyone’s favorite shopping list. However, upgrading your current unit will make your home more energy efficient and ensure reliable heating all season long, even during Salt Lake City’s coldest winters.

That being said, it’s nice to know you made the right call at the right time. Here are six signs that will indicate that it is time to replace your furnace.

1. A heating bill that breaks the bank
As your furnace gets older, the pieces and parts begin to wear. That means it will likely take more energy to produce the same amount of heat. When you see a sudden increase on your utility bill, the internal parts are likely deteriorated.

2. Your furnace technician has repaired your unit so often that he is now your closest friend
Frequent repairs can add up. Think of it like continuously working on an old car. Eventually, it’s more cost effective to replace your furnace than to keep repairing it.

3. The furnace is over 15 years old
If you provide regular maintenance to your furnace, it typically will last 18 years. However, you should keep a look at other warning signs after 15 years, since your unit will likely be on the decline.

4. You hear loud noises when the furnace operates
Do you hear rattles or banging when your furnace turns on? These strange noises are an indication that a furnace is nearing the end of its life.

5. You’re either shivering or sweating from the inconsistent heat
If your heat is inconsistent, your furnace is no longer able to effectively distribute it around your house. Even worse than the uncomfortable temperatures, is the added cost of wasted heat.

6. A yellow burner flame
The burner flame of a furnace should be blue. When it turns yellow, your unit may be producing carbon monoxide, a deadly, odorless gas.

If one or more of these warning signs apply to you or your furnace, call the Action Plumbing experts at (801) 833-3333. We can assess your unit and help you decide if it is the right time for a furnace replacement.