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Furnace Maintenance, Service, and Replacement

With winter temperatures in Lebanon County regularly plummeting into the low 20s, your furnace may be your most important appliance. To keep it running through the coldest winter nights, maintenance and service are extremely important. Today, our heating experts at Countryside discuss everything you need to know about furnace maintenance, service and replacement.

Furnace Maintenance

If you want your furnace to last as long as possible, you need an annual inspection and regular maintenance. There are over a dozen points we check for when performing our inspection, including the safety controls, burners, fan switch, flue pipe, temperatures and performance. Our friendly HVAC technicians know what to look for to keep your furnace operating as safely and efficiently as it was designed to perform. If your tech identifies any problems, they know exactly how to fix it and you can expect a swift, complete resolution.

Furnace Service

Furnaces have several parts that can break down over time, and parts will need to be replaced more frequently without regular maintenance. For example, if motors and bearings are not lubricated adequately every year, you will need to replace your rotating equipment more frequently than if you had them lubricated at the start of every winter.

It is also not uncommon to need service performed on your furnace before parts break down. For example, you may need your belts tightened before they need to be replaced; loose belts lead to significantly higher costs, and, if not tightened in a timely manner, significantly reduce the useful life of the compressor.

6 Signs You Need to Replace Your Furnace

1. Your Heating Bill Is Higher Than it Should Be

Particularly in the winter, you should look at your power bill and compare it to 12 months ago. Has it gone up? If it has, why? If you used roughly the same amount of power in November 2020 as you did in November 2019, but the price of natural gas increased, you may not need to replace your furnace. However, if the average temperature in November 2020 was similar to the average temperature in November 2019, you may need to replace your furnace.

2. You're Replacing Your Air Filters More Frequently Than You Used to

Another sign that it’s time to buy a new furnace is you find yourself replacing your air filters more often than you did in the past. Furnaces that are on their last legs will kick up lots of dirt, pet dander, dust and other particulates. If your 90-day air filters need to be replaced every month, there is an excellent chance that the age of your furnace is to blame.

3. Your Furnace Is Over 14 Years Old

The useful life of a furnace depends on several factors, including how often it is used and how regularly preventative maintenance is performed on it. If you don’t have an HVAC professional come out and inspect your furnace annually, important maintenance may have been neglected. In such cases, the average useful life of a furnace is approximately 15 years. With routine maintenance and timely repairs, the average useful life of most furnaces is approximately 20 years.

4. Your Furnace Is Loud

Have you noticed that your furnace is a lot louder than it used to be? Does your partner complain about hearing it buzz, rattle or hum throughout the night? Several things can cause your furnace to make more noise than it did in the past. If the bearings of your fans are wearing out, they can be replaced. If your flue pipe is leaking due to extensive corrosion, that can be replaced. However, furnace replacement will be required if there are extensive structural issues.

5. You Can See the Signs of Aging

The most obvious sign that you need to replace your furnace is visible aging. If you can see rust or cracks that develop in or around your furnace, you are beyond the point of maintenance and service. It is time to replace your furnace and stay on top of routine inspections, maintenance and service so it lasts longer than your old furnace.

6. Some Rooms Are Warmer Than Others

Another telltale sign that you need a new furnace this winter is the rooms in your home are heating unevenly. The older your furnace is, the more likely you will experience some rooms being heated inadequately. If you put off replacing your furnace, eventually, there will be rooms in your home that will not be heated at all. If you notice some rooms in your home are cooler than others, call our HVAC experts to schedule an appointment. You do not want to put an appointment off until your furnace stops working altogether.

Contact Our Heating Experts Today to Ensure Your Home's Comfort This Winter

Regular furnace maintenance is crucial so it doesn’t stop working when you need it the most. If you haven’t had an inspection recently, you think it needs maintenance, or it has been over 14 years since you’ve last replaced your furnace, contact our heating experts at Countryside in Myerstown, PA today to let us know how we can assist you.