Winter is in full swing, and it’s important to have a working furnace for the cold days ahead. You are probably wondering how you should know when your old furnace needs to be repaired? While some furnaces can last decades, even the most well-maintained units need to be repaired and upgraded over time.
Here are a few signs that it may be time for to repair or replace your furnace.
Increase in Energy Bill
Rising energy costs can be a definite sign that something is wrong with your furnace. As internal parts wear out, your gas and electric bill may go up along with it. If you have noticed your monthly energy bills increasing at an unusual rate, then your furnace is having to work harder to keep your home warm.
Yellow Burner Flames
A major repair warning sign is the color of the burner flames, if your furnace’s flame is yellow, it could be a sign that carbon monoxide is being produced. Yellow is not the only color to look out for, any furnace flame color that’s not blue can indicate incomplete combustion and a potentially dangerous situation such as carbon monoxide.
If Your Furnace is More Than 15 Years Old
The average gas furnace usually survives 15-20 years, so if you do know the age of your furnace, and it’s at least 15-years-old, consider having it inspected by a professional technician to see if it needs to be replaced. If you are unsure of the age of your furnace, it’s still a good idea to call for an inspection, as a heating and cooling professional will be able to give you a rough idea of its actual age.
Strange, New Noises
While it is not uncommon for most furnaces to make a certain amount of noise when they are running, excessive noises may be a sign that your system is getting old and wearing down. Sounds to look out for are rattling, banging, or buzzing. These sounds may indicate that your unit has become rusted or cracked and needs immediate repair or replacement.
Furnaces incur the most repairs during the last two years of their lives. If you’ve had more than two furnace repairs in the last year, it’s probably time for replacement. If your furnace needs to frequently be repaired, there comes a time when it may be more cost-effective to just upgrade your furnace entirely.
A furnace is one of the larger investments you’ll make for your home, so make sure you are aware of the warning signs that might indicate it is time for repair. Regular maintenance is essential in getting a full life out of your furnace and continue to keep you and your family warm and safe all winter long. Contact us now to schedule a maintenance appointment now to keep your investment in the best condition possible.