We’re firmly into the cooling season of the standard HVAC year, with spring giving way to summer and the hot desert temperatures Utah can bring. This means many homeowners stop thinking about their furnace system until the fall rolls back around – but if your furnace is older or has had significant issues in the recent past, this might actually be the ideal time of year to consider repairs or replacement.
At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, we’re proud to offer a variety of furnace services, including furnace replacement for models that have used up their lifespan. In this two-part blog series, we’ll discuss why this might be an ideal time of year to consider furnace replacement, plus some of the general signs that your furnace might be reaching this point.
Why consider performing furnace replacement services during the spring or summer when the furnace isn’t being used? There are a couple reasons, and the first is convenience. If you wait until fall when numerous other homeowners are looking at their furnaces and considering upgrades, your HVAC professional’s schedule is certain to be more filled at that time – but this will be a far less common request this time of year. In some cases, you may even get great deals on end-of-season parts or leftover special products.
In addition, replacing the furnace now gives you the time to assess your options carefully while there’s no pressure. If you wait until there’s an active heating need in your home, you may be forced to rush or choose quickly because your home is waiting on a heating system.
In many cases, the simplest cause of a need for furnace replacement is the current model aging out. Furnaces tend to last around 15 years on average, depending on care quality and their strain levels, though electric models may last a bit longer.
If your system is already this old, and especially if you’ve begun to notice heating capacity or other issues near the end of the previous winter, it could be time for a replacement. If you’re unsure here, our team will be happy to inspect your furnace and determine its remaining lifespan.
Another common sign it’s time for a new furnace is an existing furnace with regular, recurring repair needs. After a while, these constant repairs will add up to more than the cost of just replacing the furnace, and will continue to become more and more common as you let issues slide.
Furnaces are also large consumers of energy in the home, and if you notice your energy bill has gone way up compared to previous years, this could mean something is wrong. The furnace may be wearing down or working harder to provide the same heating level, and could require either repair or replacement.
For more on replacing your furnace during spring or summer, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric today.