Signs Requiring A Furnace Replacement
There are many signs that indicate the need for a furnace replacement. The Tamaroffs were aware of them which is what prompted them to request an inspection before the winter season.
Age: The first telltale sign when questioning whether or not it is time to replace your furnace is its age. A furnace generally lasts somewhere between 16 to 20 years. When it has reached this time frame, then it has performance and various other issues. It will be unable to keep a consistent, comfortable temperature. This means that some rooms will feel cool, while others feel hot.
To help prolong the lifespan of your heating system, be sure to schedule annual tune-ups. It is best to schedule your tune-up before the winter season however, we can perform tune-ups mid-season as well.
Schedule A Heater Tune-Up
Energy Bills: Another common issue when using an outdated furnace is that your energy bills will go up. Naturally, they will increase as the temperature goes down. However, if your heating bills are much larger than they were the prior year, then it may be time to replace your heater. Old furnaces require more energy to keep your home comfortable and hence, the increased heating costs. New furnaces are much more energy efficient which means that they actually can help reduce your monthly energy costs.
Frequent Repairs: Have you had to repair your furnace in the last 2 years? When a furnace is old, it requires more repair costs. These costs can add up. Additionally, as these repairs are needed, the efficiency of the system starts to lower.
Uneven Heat: As mentioned above, when a furnace is old, it has performance issues. Some rooms will feel excessively hot while other rooms feel cold. If you find that you are constantly adjusting the thermostat to compensate, then it may be time for a furnace replacement. A sign like this can indicate your furnace’s inability to properly distribute air.
Carbon Monoxide: While our homeowners did not face a carbon monoxide leak in their home, this is a common issue with old furnaces. Over time, the process of combustion causes the heat exchanger to crack. This, then, leads to the improper venting of gases into your home. Carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous and can lead to CO poisoning and even death. If you notice a yellow flame on your gas or propane furnace, then it is, more than likely, time for a replacement.