With the heating season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your furnace. If your unit gave a less-than-stellar performance last winter, you may be faced with the decision of whether to repair or replace your furnace before temperatures in New Jersey begin to drop. Here are some factors to consider before making your decision.

The age of the unit: If your furnace is approaching, or past the 15-year mark, consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient unit. Today’s models can save you 15 percent or more on your heating bills. The unit’s ability to uniformly heat your home: If some rooms in your home are warm while others stay cool, it may be an issue with your insulation or ductwork, but it may also be a sign of an improperly sized furnace or an operational issue.

Your furnace is making unusual noises: While some noise is expected from your furnace, some, such as loud banging, squealing, or grinding may signal a bigger problem, that may lead to costly repairs.

The repair history: If you’re currently facing a costly repair and your unit is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace your furnace. Likewise, if repairs over the last few seasons have been frequent, it can be a sign there are more to come.

Your energy bills are through the roof: Energy costs have risen significantly over the past decade, but if you notice your energy usage is what’s driving the rise in your bills, it may be time to replace your furnace with a more efficient model.

Your furnace cycles frequently: A unit that’s continuously turning off and on may be too large for your home. This may also signal a need for repair, a filter change, or a thermostat malfunction.

When it comes time to decide whether or not to replace your furnace, call the experts at Pipe Works Services. We’ve been proudly serving the residents throughout New Jersey for over 10 years. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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