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Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Furnace


Saying goodbye to your heating system is never fun, but there comes a time in every homeowner’s life where it becomes inevitable. We understand that the process of buying a new furnace can be overwhelming, since new furnaces can be a bit expensive, and having technicians working inside your home isn’t exactly the most convenient thing ever. But allow us to be the ones to say, it’s worth it in the end.

That said, do you know what signs to watch out for that indicate it’s even time for a furnace upgrade? There are actually quite a few signs, which we’ll get into below. Remember, whether you need a repair or replacement, we’re the team to trust for the job.

Your System Is Old

We’re going to mention this sign first, as in newer systems, some of the following signs are actually signs of repair needs versus indications of complete furnace failure.

Furnaces are built to last about 10-15 years. An aging furnace simply can’t be as efficient or as effective as a newer model. As the system ages, it’s likely to accumulate stress from everyday wear and tear, leading to costly repairs and decreased efficiency.

Your System Requires Frequent Repairs

Sure, any furnace is going to require repair services from time to time. However, if you find yourself calling for repairs more than a couple of times a year, there’s a good chance you need a system upgrade.

Eventually, you’ll find yourself spending more money repairing an unsalvageable system than it would cost you to simply replace it. Frequent repairs are an indicator that your furnace is just worn out.

You Notice a Lack of Heat

The main role of your furnace, of course, is to provide heat for your entire home. A general lack of heat suggests that your system is no longer able to keep up with your household’s heating demands. There’s no sense in wasting your time and money with an ineffective furnace—investing in a new system will restore the comfort and affordability you once had.

Your Heating Bills Have Spiked

We always suggest that you keep a close eye on your monthly heating bills. A steady increase in heating costs suggests that your furnace has become inefficient. If you’ve been paying more for heat than you did this same time last year, despite comparable use, or are paying much more than your neighbors, be sure to contact our pros right away.

We’ll be able to find out why this is happening. If your furnace is over 15 years old, there’s a very good chance we’ll recommend an upgrade.

Only Trust the Pros!

Be sure to hire a professional when you’re looking for someone to handle your furnace needs. Only a professional has the tools, training, and experience to match you with the heater that’s going to best meet your unique comfort and budget needs, first off. But secondly, you can count on an honest assessment when you go with a pro instead of a general handyman or enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer.

Contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning for professional furnace installation in Skokie, IL.

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