If you’ve had your furnace for a while, or if repairs are becoming more frequent, you may need to invest in a new HVAC system. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the warning signs you’ll see if your furnace needs to be replaced. We’re also going to talk about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the furnace industry. You’ll find out why you shouldn’t delay when it comes to replacing your furnace this season.

Warning signs that you need a newer furnace

If you need a new heating system this year, chances are you’ll know. These are the top warning signs that you need to replace your furnace.

1. Your heating bill has gone up

As internal furnace parts wear out, your furnace’s efficiency will decrease. This will lead to a more expensive heating bill. If you notice a major change, let us know so we can help.

2. You’ve had multiple furnace repairs recently

Similar to an old car, furnaces reach a point where frequent repairs aren’t worth the money. Eventually, it makes more sense to put that money into a new system.

3. Your furnace is more than 15 years old

The average life expectancy of a furnace is 18 years. Specialists recommend replacement as early as 15 years, especially if it needs regular maintenance.

4. Your thermostat setting always feels too hot or too cold

Is your house always too hot or too cold, even though you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat? This could be a result of your furnace not distributing heat properly. If that’s the case, you’ll most likely want to invest in a new system.

5. You’re hearing strange noises coming from your furnace

Old furnaces make strange noises near the ends of their lives. If you notice a lot of popping, banging, or rattling, your furnace may need to be replaced.

When should I get it replaced?

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

1. Mild weather

When temperatures are mild, you usually don’t need to rely on your home heating system. This makes spring and fall the perfect times of year to get your furnace serviced or replaced. Mild weather also means you can survive for a few days without your heat.

2. Better appointment availability

Since heating systems are used less frequently in the spring and fall, less emergencies happen during these times. This makes scheduling an appointment a lot easier. Having more appointment availability means that we can be more flexible and work around your schedule.

3. Better value

Spring and fall are the best times to find deals on home heating systems. Sometimes, models from the previous season are sold at discounted prices. These sales are another reason to consider getting your heating system replaced in spring or fall. Get yours replaced now, before it’s too late!

If you think you need a replacement, address it as soon as possible. With COVID-19, many plants have been shut down, and supply chains have been interrupted. This resulted in significantly fewer heating units being manufactured this year.

With a furnace shortage, don’t risk delaying service. Give K&S a call today to schedule your appointment. You can reach us at (507) 282-4328 for our Rochester location, or (952) 697-4328 for our Twin Cities location. We look forward to seeing you soon.