Has your central heater been taking longer to warm up your home than usual and it is causing energy bills to rise? If you invested in a repair but the heating system became problematic shortly after, the problem might be that the system needs to be replaced rather than repaired. Depending on the overall age of the system and the types of repairs that were performed in the past, you might only need to get a few new parts installed. For example, if the air ducts are not old because they were replaced in the recent past, you will not likely need to get new ducts installed. New installation might only involve the need for a new furnace, as the furnace is the most necessary part of the heating system for creating warm air.
What Are the Common Signs That a New Furnace is Needed?
The most common sign that a furnace might need to be replaced is what you are already experiencing, higher energy bills. The reason the energy bills are higher is that your furnace has to work harder to keep your home warmer than usual, which could be due to being old. If your furnace is old, it is another sign that it is time to invest in a replacement, especially if the furnace is over a decade old. Another sign to look for is if your furnace makes loud noises when the heater is on. The noise could be due to the blower motor being worn out, electrical issues, or several other problems.
Which Type of Furnace is Ideal as a Replacement?
Do not invest in any type of furnace when you begin shopping around for a replacement, as making the wrong decision could be a mistake. For example, if you live in a large home, choosing the wrong furnace could lead to only a small portion of your home getting warmed up when the heater is on. You must ensure that the furnace you choose has the right number of British Thermal Units (BTUs). If you are unsure how to choose a furnace, a heating contractor can help you decide. A contractor will only need to know the square footage of your home to provide the most ideal furnace options.
Can a Homeowner Replace a Furnace without Assistance?
You do not have to hire a heating contractor to install a new furnace in your home, but it is wise to do so. The reason is that new furnace installation can be complicated and pose a safety risk. For example, if you buy a gas furnace, there is an explosion risk if installation is not done professionally. Speak to a heating contractor to discuss your furnace needs.
For more information, contact heating installation services in your area.