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Will Your Furnace Last the Winter

Snowed over home

This past fall and winter were a lot warmer than they normally should have been, but that has changed in the last week or so. The cold weather hit like a sack of bricks and the snow is on its way. Now is the time to bundle up and raise the heat — but do you know if your furnace will last the entire winter?

Baby New Year or Father Time?
A furnace will work beautifully in the first decade of its lifetime, but after that it will decline in efficiency. The average furnace will efficiently run anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your furnace is in this age range, or even older, then it may be time to think about a replacement.

How Much is it Costing You?
When a heating appliance is towards the end of its lifespan it will run inefficiently, costing you money each month in bills. Older furnaces will have to work harder to do the same job that it has done for the last decade or so. Frequent services and repairs will also need to take place when a furnace ages. If your heating system has had more than just a few repairs in the last few years, it may be time to make a replacement.

Did You Hear That?
A loud furnace can often spell trouble for you and your home. Any noises that seem out of the norm, like banging, buzzing, or humming, should be a warning sign. Noises won’t go away on their own and they are usually a cry for help; call up an expert for repair or replacement.

When your furnace exhibits these signs, it usually means that it’s towards the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Before winter goes into full effect, contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. We’ll take a look at your furnace and recommend the best course of action for this winter. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.