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How to Tell if You Need Your Big Bear Furnace Replaced

Bear Valley Plumbing & Heating


In order for them to run efficiently and have the least problems possible, furnaces require maintenance almost constantly. Most homeowners wait until they’ve noticed a big problem before calling in a professional, which makes it difficult to keep up with the necessary maintenance.

Regular furnace inspections and tune-ups should be performed by a professional at least once a year. It’s the only way you’ll be able to ensure your furnace lasts as long as possible.

But even with frequent repairs, inspections, and tune-ups, your Big Bear furnace will eventually need to be replaced. And you don’t want to be caught off-guard by a broken-down furnace. Here are some of the things you can look out for to tell if it’s getting close to time to replace your furnace:

The Furnace’s Age

A perfectly maintained furnace will usually last around twenty years. Of course, that number varies based on the amount of care your furnace receives. Most furnaces last ten to fifteen years. Once your furnace hits the ten-year mark, you’ll need to pay especially close attention to it, as it may be time for it to be replaced.

Start paying closer attention to the trends in your energy costs and the behavior of your furnace. And, of course, it’s never a bad idea to have a professional Big Bear furnace technician perform an inspection.

Rising Energy Costs

If you’ve noticed your heating bills are getting more expensive, but you aren’t heating your home more than usual, you may have a problem with your furnace. It could be getting close to time to replace your furnace, or it may just need maintenance. Furnaces will lose efficiency as they age, and that can end up costing you a lot in energy bills. If you notice these trends, you should start to consider whether it’s time to replace your furnace.

Our Big Bear furnace specialists can help you determine how to best move forward. Call us for an inspection if you’ve noticed higher energy costs. If we can fix the problem with repairs, we’ll get them done as quickly as possible. And if it is time for your replacement, we can help you through that process, and help keep it in your budget.

Other Clues

You should pay attention to your furnace and try to check in on it around once a week. If you notice a buildup of rust, soot, or dust, call a professional. These are signs that something is wrong with your furnace. Hopefully, it’s an easy-enough fix but if you do need a replacement furnace, it’s better to find out sooner than later.

Any noises coming from your furnace can be a sign of significant clogging. If you notice any clicking or whirring, call our Big Bear furnace technicians to come and have a look. And if you hear any louder noises, call us immediately. You may need a replacement furnace as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a Big Bear plumbing, heating & air conditioning contractor, please call (909) 584-4376 or complete our online request form.