Time for a Furnace Replacement or Repair?

Here are 5 warning signs to watch out for:

Your furnace is growing older

Month after month, year after year, we’re not the only ones showing the subtle signs of ageing. Furnaces do, too. It’s only natural. With Canada’s cold winter climate, a furnace continually needs to work hard to keep you and your family comfortable. But it’s not just winter that poses challenges for your furnace. Your furnace is also an integral part of your cooling system, which means it’s working when your air conditioner is too all through the summer months.

Many factors can affect its longevity. For example, does your furnace have a pilot light? Then it may mean it’s missing newer features that help make today’s furnaces more energy efficient.

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It’s a good idea to start thinking about a furnace replacement, particularly if you begin noticing increased costs associated with repairs. Preparing for the purchase in advance also helps you save up for it.

You are dealing with mounting furnace repairs

Have you needed any furnace repairs in the last two years? When a furnace is nearing the end of its life, it may break down and need repairs more frequently. If you’ve recently had one part of your furnace replaced only to discover that something else needs to be repaired, it could mean it’s time for a new unit.

If you aren’t quite ready for a new furnace, consider a protection plan for your system to protect yourself against unexpected and mounting repair costs. Reliance™ offers Heating & Cooling Protection and Maintenance Plans that can cover most common repairs for your furnace and air conditioner. An annual maintenance plan to ensure everything is working at optimal performance is another good idea to help you save.

Replacement parts are getting harder and harder to find

We pride ourselves on quick, professional repairs but sometimes, if your furnace is really old, a repair can’t be a speedy fix. As time passes, those old parts may be more difficult to replace if they are no longer readily available. If you are sitting in the cold, it may not be worth the wait.

Your furnace is noisy and getting rusty

Banging. Popping. Rattling. Squealing. Strange noises coming from your furnace could be the result of worn or broken components or ductwork not appropriately sized. A Reliance specialist can help you figure out what’s wrong.

Rust is also a concern to watch for. Furnaces may develop rust over time, which could signify an issue, such as a condensate leak.

Consider a system tune-up from an expert you can trust – after all, your furnace is the heart of your home and requires attention as it starts to age.

Your utility bill costs are going up

As utility rates rise, so could the potential cost savings from a newer, more efficient furnace.

Consider an energy audit that can help you understand where you’re losing heat in your home and what you can do to increase the overall energy efficiency of your home. Regular maintenance can also help ensure you’re getting the best performance possible out of your heating and cooling equipment.

For more information on all the different kinds of home heating options available to you, check out our Ultimate Furnace Guide.

If you have any questions about heating your home, Call on Reliance™ today to schedule time with one of our trusted Home Comfort Advisors. The advisor will assess your home and discuss your needs to find the right solution for you and your family.

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