Even with an excellent maintenance routine, your Cincinnati furnace won’t run forever. As time goes on, the equipment loses efficiency and experiences breakdowns. At some point, you’ll be upon your furnace’s last winter. The key to avoiding a heating emergency when that happens is to be on the watch for signs your furnace has reached the end of its service life.
Preparing to replace your furnace before it breaks down for good is a major benefit for Cincinnati homeowners and commercial building owners. You’ll have time to research replacement options, and schedule installation of a new unit prior to winter and before your existing furnace’s last breakdown.
Below are indicators which can signal this winter is likely your furnace’s last.
Furnace age. On average, a furnace will be in service for 15 to 20 years. Consider your furnace’s age, as well as the following factors when determining if your furnace is at the end of its service life this season.
Annual maintenance. With professional maintenance each year, your furnace may very well run beyond that. If you’ve skipped maintenance for multiple years and don’t change your air filter regularly, the furnace may not last that 15 years.
Increased heating bills. If utility rates have stayed consistent yet your heating bills have climbed over the past few winters, that’s a clear sign of your furnace losing efficiency, which is typical each year and can occur more drastically at the end of the unit’s service life.
Not enough heat. If your furnace isn’t producing enough warm air to keep your home comfortable, the way it once did, replacing the unit may be the best way to restore comfort.
More breakdowns. Furnaces experience more system issues and breakdowns in their last two years of service. If you’re scheduling repeat furnace repair calls, there’s a strong possibility it’s your furnace’s last winter.
The NATE-certified heating technicians are available to help evaluate if your furnace is on its last leg and is better off being replaced, rather than repaired. We treat our customers with honesty and integrity, and are dedicated to helping you make comfort decisions that are best for your family.