At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we have seen many furnaces over the years we’ve been in business. Some are in great shape, while others need a minor repair; some are on their last leg! Winter is on its way, and Kansas City homeowners should think about your source of heat BEFORE it comes time to use it, so that you don’t face any unexpected or unpleasant surprises. No one wants to be without heat on a frigid day!

Here are a few signals that it may be time to get a new furnace, so that you aren’t caught off guard when cold temperatures arrive.

Does it seem like you are constantly having your furnace repaired? If your furnace has been repaired more than once in the past five years, expect to need it repaired even more often as it gets older – and to spend more money.

Is your KC home 12 years old or older? Generally speaking, most heating and cooling equipment lasts about 10 to 15 years. If you’ve lived in your home for a dozen years and the furnace was there when you moved in, it’s likely getting near the end of its life span, which means you’ll face more mechanical issues – or possibly a complete breakdown.

Are your energy bills getting bigger? With a furnace or A/C system, the older it gets, the less efficiently it will perform. Consider that your heating/cooling system accounts for about 50% of your monthly energy costs, and you can understand why it may be time to replace.

Are there areas in your home that seem cooler or warmer than the rest of the house? Newer models are far superior technology-wise, and capable of evenly heating/cooling a home. If your furnace is older, it’s difficult to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the rooms of your home.

Does your furnace run continuously? If your heater seems to run nearly 24 hours a day, it is an indication that the system is older and less efficient than newer models. It could also be that the furnace isn’t big enough for the size of your home. Older furnaces have to work longer and harder to keep up with the thermostat setting over time, and become less efficient. If your heater is running nearly nonstop, be prepared for huge energy bills!

How many times have you said to yourself (or your family), “I hope this furnace makes it through the winter?” If you know your furnace is on its last leg and question whether it will make it through the coldest weather, it is definitely time to consider replacing. No one wants to come home from work in the evening to a house that’s freezing, or wake in the middle of the night to frigid temperatures.

Why wait until a poorly functioning furnace becomes an emergency situation?

At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, our Kansas City heating professionals are ready to come take a look at your furnace and help you decide whether it’s time to replace. Don’t wait until November, when contractors are covered under with service calls!