Maryland winters can be long and tough on old furnaces. It is no coincidence that furnaces often break down on some of the coldest nights of the year. Old components are working harder and more frequently to try to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home.
Most furnaces give some warning signs prior to system failure. Be on the lookout for indications your furnace may soon need repair or replacement.
For homeowners, the sound of their furnace starting on a cold winter night is a comforting sound. Most furnaces and HVAC units are located away from commonly used living spaces and bedrooms, but you can still notice the steady whir of warm air flowing from room vents. If you begin hearing unusual noises or notice vibrations from your furnace, call us right away. Catching a problem early can prevent more costly repairs later.
The same is true if you notice your furnace cycling on and off frequently. That could be due to leaky ductwork or several other possible problems. The constant starting and stopping cause excessive wear on furnace components. Regardless of the cause, the issue should be addressed by one of our trained professionals to save you money on energy costs and future repairs.
Although many old furnaces are still in use across Maryland, a lot of those systems are costing the homeowners more than the price of a new system. Modern furnaces have much higher AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) ratings than units manufactured just a few years ago.
Maintaining a comfortable temperature in your Baltimore area home uses more energy than any other single household system. The U.S. Department of Energy says if your furnace is 15 years or older, you should consider replacing it with a new, highly-efficient unit.
Age alone is not enough reason to replace your current furnace. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time for a new furnace:
To help you get the right system for your home, All Seasons Heating & Cooling has financing options available. We are the best source for all your HVAC needs in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Contact us if you need furnace replacement service!