Having your oil furnace go out in the middle of a long, cold winter can make your home uncomfortable, and might even be dangerous in subzero temperatures. While some issues can be repaired fairly easily, it might be best to replace the entire system in certain instances. If you notice the following signs, it may be time to invest in a new heater before winter arrives.
How to Know You Need a New Furnace
1. Old System
If properly maintained, a furnace can last up to 25 years. However, if a previous owner neglected the equipment, its longevity may be significantly shorter. If the furnace is close to the end of its life span, replacing it before serious problems develop can spare you money and frustration in the future.
2. Odd Noises
While most furnaces make some amount of noise when they cycle up, booms, clanks, and squeals usually indicate a serious problem. The blower motor may be failing, or a delayed igniter might be letting fuel build up in the chamber. A thorough cleaning can silence some of these noises, your technician may recommend replacing the entire unit in serious cases.
3. Rising Fuel Consumption
Aging oil furnaces will naturally get less efficient as time goes by, so you’ll likely find yourself spending more on fuel. If your heating costs keep going up every winter, investing in a new system could restore your efficiency and dramatically lower your oil costs in the long run.
4. Inconsistent Heating
An older furnace will have trouble producing enough power to heat the entire house. Some rooms might be comfortable while other areas are ice cold. Inconsistent heating may simply indicate a dirty filter or faulty motor, but it can also point to more serious problems, especially if your equipment is old.
5. Frequent Repairs
As your system ages, components are more likely to wear out, requiring frequent and costly repairs. Unfortunately, constant breakdowns will only get worse as time goes by, so investing in a new system is usually a more cost-effective approach. Not only will it be more efficient, but it’ll likely save you thousands of dollars per year on repairs.
For over 45 years, Andersen Oil Company has provided reliable fuel deliveries and oil furnace upgrades to homeowners throughout New London County, CT. If your heating system is failing, their team will inspect the furnace and install a modern, efficient replacement that will keep your home comfortable for years to come. Visit their website to learn more about their repair and installation services, or call (860) 464-7628 to schedule an inspection.