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When Is the Best Time to Replace a Furnace?

Right now! That’s right, springtime is one of the best seasons to replace a furnace, especially if it’s on its way out already. This is because you’ve got several months before you really need to rely on it to keep your home safe and comfortable.

But what if you don’t have the money right now for this kind of furnace service in Spooner, WI? Well, then things can get a bit tricky, but no need to stress out. This blog post is designed to help you know everything you need to about furnace replacement and the signs that it’s imminent.

For instance, if your furnace still has a few years left on it, then why bother trying to replace it now? We’ll help you understand the signs of a failing furnace, and then give you some tips for replacing it now rather than later.

Every 10-15 Years, Give or Take

Here’s a great rule of thumb: a furnace system should only last between 10-15 years in age. It might physically last beyond this, but it’s not going to do so without a cost. For instance, a 20 year old furnace might still technically run, but it’s going to be using more gas or electricity than it used to. The hardware at that point will be outdated, and it will just not be worth the cost to keep it up. Plus, the repairs required to keep an old furnace like that around can be excruciatingly expensive and frequent.

If your furnace is 9 or 10 years old, then this is the perfect time to start thinking about a replacement. You don’t have to choose one right now, especially if the system is working properly, but you might want to do your research so you know what to expect when the time comes.

Our team can help walk you through the options, like a new high AFUE gas furnace, or an eco-friendly ductless heat pump!

When the Efficiency Lowers

If you check your furnace’s efficiency level, like the AFUE rating on a gas furnace, you’ll be able to tell how efficient it’s supposed to be. This is important for two reasons.

One, you can measure the efficiency level against what you actually pay per month to see how badly its deteriorated over time. And the second reason this is important is because newer models might be a lot better than your old one, even if it’s retained most of its efficiency.

This is a great reason to invest in a new furnace, especially if repairs just aren’t cutting it when you’re trying to fix the old system’s inefficiency.

An Expensive Repair

When you call us for furnace service, we’ll give you an estimate before we start the work. This is intended to give you an idea of how expensive a repair might be, so you can either plan to pay for it or choose an alternative solution like a replacement.

Sometimes an expensive repair is just not worth the cost. Whether it’s the frequency of repairs, or the fact that the system is too old to have such an expensive repair, these are great reasons to get the system replaced instead.

You’re in good hands when you contact Dirks Heating & Cooling Inc. Schedule an appointment today and Experience the Dirks Difference.

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