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Fix it or Ditch it: When to Get a New Furnace

The worst time for your furnace to break down would be in the winter. And for some reason, malfunctions always seems to strike during the worst times. Rather than letting that happen, be proactive before the issue becomes critical. The first step is to determine if you can survive with a relatively inexpensive repair or if you need a replacement completely. For most homeowners, it can be challenging to distinguish the difference between fixing it or ditching it. If you require services for your furnace immediately, John Owens Services, Inc. is the expert to call. In the meantime, look out for these telltale signs:

Old age

Most quality furnaces have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Knowing the age of yours gives context on why it may have performance problems. If you’re unsure of its age, you can always check the manual or contact the manufacturer. If your furnace is past ¾ of its life expectancy and the repairs cost more than a third of the replacement, it’s time for a new furnace.

Higher than normal energy bills

Your furnace consumes a lot of energy and its efficiency directly affects your bottom line. Pay attention to your bills, and if you notice a significant difference from previous years, you should call in a technician to inspect your furnace. They should be able to identify the problem and give you an appropriate solution.

You have excess dust

If you begin to notice an abnormal amount of dust despite regular cleaning, don’t worry— it’s probably not you. Most homeowners don’t even think about changing their furnace’s air filter, but neglecting to do so can lead to symptoms such as allergies. You can change the air filter yourself or schedule an appointment with a technician to replace it for you. Once you’ve gotten it changed, you should notice a more efficient system and cleaner air.

Contact John Owens Services

Your furnace should be trouble-free, safe, and reliable. If you’re experiencing any problems with your heating system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at (415) 942-6565. We will do everything we can to fix your furnace before recommending a replacement.