When Do You Need to Have a Furnace Replaced?


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On August, 13, 2016


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Furnaces need a lot of attention and require frequent repairs. Keeping with a furnace’s maintenance can be a difficult task, and many homeowners in the St. Louis area wait until there are larger problems before they resort to calling in a professional. But to ensure that your furnace lasts as long as possible, and that it runs efficiently during that time, you’ll need to have at least yearly tune-ups and inspections performed by a professional heating contractor.

Still, even if you’re able to keep up with all the repairs and maintenance, you will eventually have to have the furnace replaced. If you don’t watch out for warning signs that it’s close to time to replace the furnace, you may end up without heat in the coldest parts of the year, waiting for a replacement.

Here are some signs to watch for that can indicate you need to have your furnace replaced:

Your Furnace’s Age

Most furnaces last somewhere between twenty and thirty years before they need to be replaced. However, without regular maintenance and frequent repairs, this number could drop to around ten to fifteen years.

Listen for any hissing, rattling, or squeaking sounds coming from your furnace, as these could all point to serious problems

If your St. Louis home’s furnace is more than fifteen years old, you’ll need pay closer attention to it and start considering whether it will need to be replaced soon. If you haven’t had your furnace tuned up lately, now is a good time—our heating contractors recommend that you have a furnace tune-up at least once every year.

Rising Energy Costs

Unexplained peaks in your energy costs could signify problems with your furnace. Over time, all furnaces will become less efficient, and that can end up costing you in energy, but if the spikes in your bills come at once, it could signify a problem. And if your costs are reaching all-time highs, you may need to have the furnace replaced.

The heating contractors at Rivers Plumbing Heating & Cooling can help you determine whether or not any problems can be fixed. A tune-up may be able to solve these problems and get your costs back down, and if not, we can help with a replacement.

Look and Listen

Listen for any hissing, rattling, or squeaking sounds coming from your furnace, as these could all point to serious problems. Also be on the lookout for puddles, mold, rust, soot, or dust accumulating around your St. Louis hom’es furnace. Each of these things could point to bigger problems and they may indicate that your furnace needs to be replaced.

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If you need furnace repairs or a replacement in the St. Louis area, call Rivers Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at 636-978-1482, or fill out our online request form.


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