East Brunswick Furnace Replacement
Let Us Help You Find a New Furnace for Your New Jersey Home
Nothing lasts forever, and that goes for your furnace as well. Complete furnace breakdown usually occurs when the system has reached 15 years, or less if it hasn’t been properly maintained with regular furnace tune-ups.
During this period, you may be noticing the following issues with your furnace:
- Constantly needing repairs
- Having a hard time heating your whole home
- Producing unusual noises
- The pilot light is always turning off
These are just some of the most common indicators that it’s time to replace your furnace. If you are ready to get a new furnace for your home, make sure to seek the assistance of Gold Medal Service. Our New Jersey furnace technicians can help choose and install the right replacement unit that best fits your specific comfort needs and your budget.
Furnace Replacement Warning Signs
Unit Is Over 15 Years Old
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the life expectancy of a furnace is 15-30 years. Other studies have shown the average lifespan to be more like 16-20 years. If you have a furnace that is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. Replacing your aging furnace with a high-efficiency unit can save you around 15-30% on your annual heating bill.
Your technician will be able to compare the efficiency levels of your current system with a new high-efficiency unit. Depending on your energy savings, you might be better off waiting a few years, but the conversation is well worth it. Common signs of an aging furnace include soot, rust, cracks, smells, sounds, frequent repairs, damaged pipes or venting systems, and more.
If you start noticing that your home isn't maintaining a consistent temperature, and you start to feel hot and cold flashes, it may be time for a replacement. Other furnace replacement signs include comfort and airflow problems. If you are having a difficult time staying comfortable, you may have a deeper problem that is affecting your safety and savings as well.
High Energy Bills
Take a look at your latest energy bill and compare it with years before. Is it higher than normal? Has there been a sharp spike in heating costs? If your utility bill seems to be rising for no reason, it might be your aging furnace. You may have originally purchased the furnace with a high AFUE (annual fuel efficiency rating) of 90% or higher, but over time this rating will go down.
AFUE ratings measure the amount of fuel used to heat the home versus the amount lost through the combustion process (up the flue or elsewhere). If a gas furnace uses all of the fuel to provide heat for the home, it would have an AFUE rating of 100%.
Your HVAC technician will be able to tell you what the current AFUE rating is for your furnace. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if your AFUE rating drops below 80%, it's probably a wise decision to replace your unit with a high-efficiency one.
- Older, lower-efficiency units have AFUE ratings in the 56-70% range
- Mid-efficiency heating units have AFUE ratings around 80-83%
- High-efficiency systems have AFUE ratings at 90% or above
If your furnace is in the low-efficiency range, it's highly recommended that you replace your furnace with a high-efficiency unit. If your furnace isn't that old, but you have a low AFUE rating, there is a possibility of increasing the rating with a retrofit. The only way to tell if this is a viable option for you and your heating system is to call a professional HVAC technician.
Just like a car, if you are spending more money on repairs than what you would spend on a new vehicle, it's time for a replacement. If you have had a major furnace repair in the last year and find yourself needing another one, it might be better to replace the entire unit. Sometimes older units have parts that are very expensive to replace.
Humidity and Moisture Problems
If you see condensation near your furnace and ventilation system, this can indicate a major malfunction. If you have leaky ductwork, humidification problems, and an aging furnace, you can solve all of those problems with a replacement.
If you smell rotten eggs or sulfur in your home, respond immediately. Since natural gas is naturally odorless, colorless, and tasteless, manufacturers are required to add a chemical called mercaptan to give it a distinctive smell that resembles "rotten eggs." If there is a gas leak, evacuate the home and call 911 from a safe distance.
Pay attention to any strange sounds or smells in your home. You may have a gas leak, an improperly sized unit, malfunctioning blower fans, burner issues, or other problems. If you hear squealing and screeching, you could have a blower motor that is in need of lubrication or repair. Loud bands and pops in your ductwork can indicate a sizing issue. Unfamiliar furnace sounds should always be addressed by an HVAC professional as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to your system.
Gold Medal Service is standing by for your call. Get in touch with our specialists today at (732) 365-3199 to start learning about your furnace replacement options in East Brunswick and beyond.