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How Do You Know When You Need a New Furnace?

You may not be exactly sure when that is, but our team can help. If you need furnace service in Clackamas, OR, give our team a call.


Living in Oregon means that we spend a good portion of our year relying on a heating system to keep our homes warm. Because of this, we want our furnaces to offer the reliability of working right all the time. But what happens if your furnace is showing signs of disrepair?

While you can invest in furnace repairs, there comes a point when the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of installing a new furnace altogether. You may not be exactly sure when that is, but our team can help. If you need furnace service in Clackamas, OR, give our team a call. In the meantime, keep reading to learn the signs that you may need a new furnace.

Furnace Age

This is the number one indicator that your furnace may need to be replaced soon. The average furnace lifespan is between 15 and 20 years. If you bought your home after it was already built, the furnace was likely already in place. You can check the owner’s manual or model number to determine the unit’s age. Once your furnace is around 15 years old, you can expect repair needs to become more frequent. If repairs are too expensive, it may make more sense to buy a new unit.

High Energy Bills

It’s normal for your energy costs to fluctuate. They may even increase predictably at certain times of the year when it’s significantly hotter or colder outside. But you should never get a single energy bill that is surprisingly higher without a good reason. If you notice that your energy use has suddenly increased in a short period of time, your furnace may be to blame. If it is struggling to heat your home to a standard setting, it may be losing energy efficiency – and fast.

Uneven Temperatures

Your furnace should heat your home evenly. Each room should have a fairly similar temperature. If you have a room or rooms that are significantly warmer or cooler, then your furnace isn’t working to heat your home evenly. This can be remedied a lot of the time, but it can also indicate that it’s time to replace your furnace completely. 

Poor Heating

Perhaps you aren't noticing uneven temperatures but instead, you are noticing that you can't keep your home warm at all. This is a definite sign that your heater is wearing out and needs replacement.

Frequent Repairs

Another top sign that it’s time to replace your furnace is when you’re investing in repairs over and over again each year. If you have gotten maintenance each year, your system shouldn't need repairs frequently. A system that is on its last leg will need repairs on an increasing basis though. Our technicians love visiting your home and helping to keep your furnace running great, but we shouldn’t be at your house every few months for a new or repeating issue.

Contact Chase Heating and Cooling today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We're "Keeping Homes Comfortable In All Seasons."