When It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

Imagine yourself on a frigid day in January, waking to a house far colder than it should be.  You quickly realize that your furnace may ruin your day.  Instead of waiting until this day happens to you, it is wise be aware of several factors that may impact the health of your furnace system.  

Here are the telltale signs that your furnace needs to be retired:

1.) AGE  If your furnace is older than 15 years, it is quite likely that it needs to be replaced.  At this age, the furnace is operating inefficiently, and therefore costing you more money.  Facts show that a furnace that has survived to the 20-year-old mark, is only operating at about 60% efficiency (new units are 90% or better). 

2.) REPAIRS  If your furnace is requiring costly and/or frequent repairs, it is time to consider a replacement unit.  If you will need to spend $500 or more on a repair, or you’ve spent that much in the last year, it is quite likely that any new system will save you money. Call us today to determine your furnace replacement cost.

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3.)  HEALTH HAZARDS  A certified technician can provide a diagnosis of backdrafting (occurs when exhaust fumes are pulled in through the chimney instead of exiting safely) or a cracked or deteriorating heat-exchanger that may leak carbon monoxide.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is potentially fatal to humans and animals.  Without a technician or an effective CO detector, you will not notice if your unit is leaking until it is too late.

4.) OTHER CONSIDERATIONS  Improper equipment operation, duct problems, inadequate insulation, and/or leaky ductwork can be the causes of these and other furnace problems.  You may need to consider a new furnace if: your energy bills are rising without explanation, there are rooms in your home that are too hot or too cold, your home has humidity or dust problems, or the furnace is noisy.


Although you may hesitate to purchase a new system because of cost, remember that there are currently federal tax credits for those who purchase energy-efficient appliances.  There is a 30% tax credit of up to $1,500 on a new energy-efficient furnace. 

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Regions Served: Don Martin Heating and Cooling Provides Products and Services To The Following Communities and Counties In Southern Wisconsin and Illinois:

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Rock County, Wisconsin
Walworth County, Wisconsin
Dane County, Wisconsin
Jefferson County, Wisconsin
Green County, Wisconsin
Janesville, WI
Elkhorn, WI
Delavan, WI
Whitewater, WI
Fort Atkinson, WI
Milton, WI
Edgerton, WI
Macfarland, WI
Madison, WI
Evansville, WI
Orfordville, WI
Darien, WI
Beloit, WI
Lake Geneva, WI
Mukwonago, WI
East Troy, WI
Lake Mills, WI
Brodhead, WI
Monroe, WI
Deerfield, WI
Oregon, WI
Evansville, WI
Albany, WI
Juda, WI
New Glarus, WI
Jefferson, WI
Johnson Creek, WI
Stoughton, WI
Cambridge, WI
Walworth, WI
South Beloit, IL
Rockton, IL
Roscoe, IL
Durand, IL
Harvard, IL
Poplar Grove, IL
Capron, IL
Shirland, IL