If your furnace often needs repairs, or if you’ve had it for several years, it may be time to buy a new one. In this article, we’ll talk about red flags that indicate you need to replace your furnace. We’ll also discuss how the HVAC industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s dig in.

5 warning signs that your furnace may be failing

If your furnace is on its way out, it’ll definitely let you know. There are several warning signs that indicate you need to replace your system. These include the following:

1. You’ve had lots of recent furnace repairs

When furnaces get old and their parts wear out, they need lots of repairs. When this happens, you end up pouring money into an HVAC system that’ll need replacement in a few years at most. At some point, it makes more sense financially to invest in a new system.

2. Your heating bill has increased

Over time, your furnace’s efficiency decreases. This is because its internal parts slowly wear down as your system ages. You should definitely schedule a maintenance appointment if you see a significant increase to your gas bill.

3. Your furnace is making strange noises

If you hear lots of rattling, banging, or popping coming from your furnace, it may be time for a replacement. Old furnaces are quite noisy, and this indicates that your system may be on its way out.

4. You always feel too hot or too cold

Are you constantly adjusting the thermostat because you feel too cold or too hot? If so, it could be because you don’t have proper heat distribution in your HVAC system. If you’re experiencing this, you’ll probably want to replace your furnace.

5. Your HVAC system is more than 15 years old

A typical furnace lasts around 18 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older, we recommend replacement. This is especially true if your system needs routine maintenance to function.

When should I get my furnace replaced with a new one?

The best time of year to replace your furnace is in the spring or fall. Here’s why:

1. Better value

Fall and spring are the best seasons for furnace sales and price cuts. Oftentimes, there are new models leftover from the year before. These systems are sometimes sold at discounted prices. You’re more likely to see price cuts during the off-season, when temperatures are mild.

2. Mild weather

In the spring and fall, you don’t typically need to run your home heating system. These milder seasons are the best times for furnace repair and replacement. A few days without heat is manageable this time of year.

3. Better appointment availability

Our busiest season is during the winter months. This is when the most heating emergencies happen. Scheduling maintenance and repairs is much easier in the fall and spring. Since we have more availability, we can be flexible to accommodate your schedule.

Get your furnace replaced now, before it’s too late! COVID-19 has impacted a lot of businesses this year, including furnace plants. Since many of these plants have been shut down, supply chains were interrupted. That means there aren’t as many furnace units being manufactured this year.

The last thing you want to do is delay service during a furnace shortage. Don’t wait. Give Ron’s Mechanical a call today to schedule your appointment. You can reach us at ​(952) 445-8585. ​We look forward to seeing you soon.