Any major appliance in your home has a lifespan. When you think about the job a dishwasher or clothes dryer does, it’s easy to see how family life can be inconvenienced when something goes wrong and the appliance breaks down. Stop for a moment to consider that one appliance that’s usually hidden from view in the basement of your home. Your furnace is extremely important, not only to the comfort but the actual health of your family. The responsible homeowner knows the red flags to look for that indicate if it is time to replace or repair your furnace. Being left in the cold or worse yet, subject to the dangers of carbon monoxide is obviously much worse than just being inconvenienced. You can think about replacing your furnace the way you would your car. A commute everyday with a car that has over 200 000 kms, bad brakes and a little rust makes you feel it might not be trustworthy. Reliable heating equipment that you can count on not to break down on the coldest day of the year or Christmas Eve is the same idea. When calculating whether or not your furnace is on its last legs, the major factors for you to consider are your safety, repair costs, how much warranty time is left, the amount you will be saving on your utilities by replacing, the additional comfort you get from a newer unit and how much longer you will be living in the house. When you have a unit that is over ten years and all of the costs above add up to more than $500 to repair, you should consider a replacement. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated business servicing Guelphand the surrounding areas. You can see their fine selection of Lennox equipment at www.oosterveldheating.com or call them at 519-837-2351.