We’re officially in the swing of autumn. This means it’s time for rides through the pumpkin patch and spiced lattes. While you’re enjoying all that fall has to offer, don’t forget to check on your furnace. Fall is the perfect time to schedule an annual maintenance check. You don’t want t o wait until it’s too late to service your furnace. Keep reading to discover the average lifespan of a gas furnace, how to extend your furnace’s life span and when it’s time to start looking for a replacement.
When determining the lifespan of your furnace, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some key factors that cause your furnace to age faster:
The frequency and quality of your furnace maintenance can extend its lifespan. That’s why routine fall inspections by a licensed HVAC professional is essential.
Moisture Levels and Ventilation
Too much moisture causes rust and may result in malfunctions. Moisture is also detrimental to your heat exchanger.
Proper InstallationDid you know that over half of all new HVAC systems are improperly installed? Faulty installation results in a 30% efficiency, causes premature breakdowns and reduces air distribution.
Heating CyclesThe way you manage your home’s temperature will have an impact on your furnace’s lifespan. For example, if you keep your home cooler in the winter, when your home is empty, you’ll ease the stress put on your furnace.
Most homeowners don’t consider the size of their furnace. However, a furnace that is too small or too large for your home will have to cycle more than necessary — this shortens the lifespan of your furnace.
The last thing you want is a malfunctioning furnace in the middle of winter. Watching for warning signs can give you a head start on shopping for a replacement. You’ll want to pay attention to the following indicators that your furnace is reaching the end of its lifespan:
Increasing Energy Bills
If you notice a spike in energy bills every year, your old furnace may be to blame.
Are some rooms colder than others? This may be an indicator that your furnace is not functioning efficiently.
Poor Air QualityWhen your furnace is at the end of its lifespan, it doesn’t properly regulate air quality. You may notice issues with humidity and an increase in dust.
The best way to extend the lifespan of your furnace is to schedule regular maintenance. We recommend scheduling during the fall before you begin using your furnace. At Triad Mechanical, we offer professional heating services that include annual maintenance. Our furnace maintenance plan includes:
● Fan and gas value inspection
● Pilot and burner cleaning
● Heat exchanger inspection
● System testing
● Electrical and gas connection tightening
● Moving parts lubrication
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule your furnace check-up today. Call us at 770-682-0075 or send us a message.
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