A furnace is a useful appliance for households during any season.
That is why making sure that your furnace performs perfectly is a must.
If you are unsure if your furnace still works well enough, go through this list based from Jackson Comfort for signs that you might need to install a new gas furnace.
Old furnace – the average lifespan of a gas furnace is 15 to 20 years.
Check the type and the age of the furnace you are using, especially if it comes pre-installed before you moved into your house.
High electric bills – monitor your electric bills for any increase in the electricity consumed by your furnace as compared to before.
Higher electric bills can only mean that your furnace is consuming more power than needed.
Dirty remains – if your furnace releases grime while in use – even after you have cleaned it so many times, it may be a sign that your furnace is not working as well as it was before.
Humidity – while dry air can sometimes happen due to other factors such as too much outside air, it can also be caused by the furnace malfunctioning to some degree.
Uneven heating – the function of a furnace is to maintain a set temperature inside the home at all times.
But if some rooms or areas in your house have a different temperature compared to other areas, your furnace may have some problems in heat distribution.
Signs of aging – if you notice that your furnace makes clanking sounds that it didn’t before, or has signs of use such as rust or cracks, it may be time to check whether your furnace can still last through the season.
Frequent repairs – although clanking sounds and cracks can be mended by repairs, too much of it can only make things worse in the long run.
Additionally, the cost of repairs might add up to more than if you’ve bought a new furnace instead.
According to Wikipedia, furnaces can come in different types such as natural draft, forced-air, high-efficiency, etc.
Most modern home furnaces in North America and Europe actually use gas furnaces, since they use natural gas as fuel to generate fluid movement.
When buying a new gas furnace, various factors must be taken into account since the cost largely depends on it.
Based on an article from PickHVAC, the cost of gas furnaces are affected by the following factors:
On average, a furnace that can heat up a moderately sized home of 2,000 sq. feet costs anywhere from $2,020 to $3,925.
Furnace price can also be sorted according to size, assuming that only standard brands are considered.
The smallest one that can cover 600-100 sq. feet costing from $2,380 to $2,710.
The biggest furnace that covers 2,300-3,000 sq. feet averages $4,520 to $4,900.
Besides the furnace itself, there is still some additional fees that need to be covered such as installation and maintenance.
For a standard installation, the price ranges from $1,175 to $1,725.
The price is mostly based upon the complexity of the furnace that will be installed.
The more advanced it is, the higher the price.
Regular tuning up of the furnace costs an average of $140.
A legal inspection before installation depends on whether the utility company will offer it for free, or offer a price of up to $125.
In some cases, besides the furnace, the home system might also need a few improvements, which do not come free.
Nonetheless, it is recommended that before buying anything, check your local stores for any price differences, to properly prepare for the cost of a new furnace.