Do you need to replace your oil or natural gas furnace?


We’re here to help you find out! And, you can trust Region Energy for any furnace replacement services and repairs.

Your furnace is one of the most important pieces of equipment, and one of the biggest investments, in your home. That’s why it is important to know how effectively and efficiently your furnace is running. If you don’t know when to replace or repair your furnace, it could cost you in large amounts of energy usage, or even endanger the indoor air quality. A comfortable, healthy home requires an energy-efficient and safe heating system.

How do you know when it’s time to consider getting a new furnace?

If your oil or natural gas furnace is just 12 years old or younger and has been properly maintained, you shouldn’t have to worry about replacing your unit yet. Instead, just spend a bit of time and money on improving the energy-efficiency of other areas of your home, and continue performing regular maintenance of your furnace to ensure it continues to run efficiently.

How old is your furnace?

“Warning Signs” of a failing furnace

It is important to know what warning signs to look for in case your furnace is faltering. You don’t want to find out on a cold, snowy night when you need your furnace the most. It pays to be prepared, and we have the information you need to make a wise decision. Below are some warning signs that may indicate it is time to replace your furnace. Not all of these signs may apply to your furnace, but you can use them as a general rule of thumb.

  1. How old is your furnace?
    The average life expectancy of a typical furnace is currently between 16-20 years old. If your furnace is approaching these ages, or that old, it is time for you to start thinking about a new furnace. Most people would rather replace their furnace as a planned home improvement, rather than an emergency replacement when your furnace has already failed or faltered. The typical lifespan of a warm air furnace varies based on its operating equipment, so it should be serviced regularly by a qualified technician, who can assess its condition and make reliable recommendations.

  2. Are your energy bills going up?
    Rising energy costs might not be the only reason for higher energy bills. Furnaces can lose efficiency as they get older, meaning they may need to run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This can cause your energy bills rise. You could be paying for a new, energy-efficient (and energy-saving) furnace instead of paying the utility companies.

  3. Have you had any furnace repairs in the past 2 years?
    As your furnace ages, parts can start to breakdown one after the other. Before long, you’re spending hundreds of dollars just to keep an old furnace running. Most furnace repairs occur in the last 2 years of their lives. And as your furnace ages, it can be more and more difficult to find replacement parts.

  4. Does your thermostat keep you comfortable?
    Do you feel like some rooms in your home can never warm up, and some can never cool down? This could indicate that your furnace is struggling to properly distribute air throughout your home.

  5. If you have a natural gas furnace, is your burner flame yellow rather than blue?
    Any heating system can run the risk of carbon monoxide emissions, however older chimney-vented oil-fired furnaces are less likely to produce carbon monoxide. These beasts can run safely and reliably for decades as long as they get regular, annual maintenance and cleaning from a qualified service technician. If you do own a natural gas or propane furnace, a yellow or flickering flame may indicate that carbon monoxide is being created by your furnace. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide are…
    1. Streaks of soot around furnace
    2. Absence of upward draft in your chimney
    3. Excess moisture on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces
    4. Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks
    5. Small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
    6. Rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible outside
    Always be mindful and monitor your furnace for the signs above, and make sure that you have working carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home!

  6. How are you and your family feeling?
    As a furnace ages, it runs the risk of developing cracks in the heat exchanger, which could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home. Signs of a carbon monoxide leak include frequent headaches, a burning feeling in your nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation, or flu-like symptoms. If you or your family are experiencing these symptoms, open up some windows to air out your house, and contact a service technician immediately.

  7. Is your furnace making weird noises?
    Old furnaces can start making strange noises as they near the end, including banging, popping, rattling, or squealing. The furnace blower may also run excessively, start to blow cold air, or turn on and off at random times. These could all be signs that your furnace needs to be replaced.

  8. Is your house dry or dusty?
    Old furnaces may lose the ability to moisturize or clean the air in your home, leaving it feeling stale and stuffy. Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies to things like airborne dust, mold, pollen, or dander? Or does someone consistently have a dry nose or throat, or even dry skin? Do you notice small issues around your house, like frequent dust accumulation, static shocks, droopy plants, furniture cracking, or musical instruments not staying in tune? These may seem like silly observations, but any of them can indicate that your furnace is not working properly. Call Region Energy and have one of our service technicians assess your furnace and air quality today!

Think you need a new furnace? It may end up saving you money!

A new furnace is one of the more substantial costs involved with home ownership, but it also needs to be seen as a substantial long-term investment. Furnaces today are more energy-efficient than furnaces installed as little as 20 years ago. While it seems like a large short-term expense, a new energy-efficient furnace will probably save you money long-term through lower energy costs.

We’ve got the furnaces that help you save!

Installing a new home furnace or heating system from Region Energy will improve your home’s value, and more importantly, keep your family comfortable. Enjoy fast installation and professional training on your system, and qualified customers can take advantage of our excellent financing options.

Count on us for all your furnace maintenance and repair needs.

Whether you are maintaining your old furnace, or protecting your investment in a new furnace, the right service plan can make all the difference. Region Energy offers multiple service contract and protection plan options to provide the tune-ups, repairs, and maintenance services required to protect your investment in your furnace. And we back them all with around the clock support and service.

Think you need a new furnace? Have a Region Energy technician assess your current furnace!

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