How often do you think about your home’s heating system? Most of us don’t give the furnace a second thought until something starts to go wrong. By that point, a broken furnace can plummet your home into freezing temperatures—and require a large, unplanned expense.

Fortunately, there are usually subtle signs that a furnace replacement or repair is necessary before it goes out completely. For example, your utility bill may steadily increase, or your heating system may begin to struggle to keep up with the weather outside.

Discovering whether you need a new furnace will help you avoid disaster later. We are here to help you determine if it’s time for a repair or replacement and explore the benefits of working with OyBoy for your home’s heating system.

Is It Time for a Furnace Replacement?

Don’t wait to look into replacement or repair services until your furnace goes out completely. Rather than frantically searching for a furnace replacement near you when disaster strikes, let’s go over the tell-tale signs that it’s time to take action: 

  • Your furnace is old: A good furnace will last a long time, but it can’t last forever. The average age of a furnace is between 15 and 20 years. You can check the age of your furnace by looking at its attached information label. If it’s older than 20 years, it’s likely time to look into a furnace replacement.
  • Your utility bills are climbing: As your home’s heating system begins to fail, your furnace will need to work harder—and run more frequently—to keep up with the weather outside. This extra work causes utility bills to slowly rise over time.
  • Your heating system cannot keep up: Once your furnace starts going out, it’s only a matter of time before it can no longer maintain a desirable ambiance. If your heating system can’t keep up with the temperatures you’re setting, it’s time for a new furnace.
  • You’re hearing strange noises: Another tell-tale sign that you’re due for a replacement is if you hear odd noises from your furnace. For example, you may hear buzzing, humming, pops, bangs, clicking, or other unusual noises.
  • You’re feeling ill: Unexplained illnesses and frequent flu-like symptoms are potentially life-threatening signs of a bad furnace. You should get your furnace looked at immediately. If a gas heater develops poor ventilation, it can begin to leak deadly carbon monoxide. We recommend a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.