Winter may almost be over but the cold refuses to release its grip, making us keep the heat on in our homes a little longer.
But if you are experiencing problems with your furnace like uneven heating or frequent repairs, it may be time to replace your furnace.
Here are 6 signs you should say goodbye to your old furnace and hello to a new one:
Your Furnace Is Old
If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it’s time for a replacement. This 15 year mark is typically when furnaces need more maintenance and repairs and becomes less efficient.
However, being 15 years old doesn’t automatically mean you need to replace the furnace. If it has been properly maintained and shows no signs of problems, you should be good to go for another few years. But once it hits 20 years, it’s a good idea to start shopping around.
To get the most out of your furnace, get it regularly inspected and maintained by a professional technician.
Your Furnace Emits Carbon Monoxide
If your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide get the furnace replaced immediately.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is produced by furnaces but kept contained within its combustion chamber. If this chamber is cracked carbon monoxide can leak out, causing poisoning and even death to occupants.
If you and your home experience any of the following symptoms, call a professional immediately:
- Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, and other flu-like symptoms
- Yellow furnace flame instead of blue
- Rusting along pipes
- Soot around the furnace
- Carbon monoxide alarm going off
If your alarm is going off and occupants are showing symptoms of poisoning call 911, go to the hospital immediately and do not let anyone enter the home until emergency professionals have deemed it safe.
If no one is experiencing symptoms, open all windows to ventilate the home, turn off appliances like your furnace, reset the alarm, and call a qualified technician. They will come to your home and help diagnose the problem.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, have your furnace inspected by qualified technicians like those from Comfort Experts and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
You’re Seeing Rising Energy Bills
Are your energy bills unusually high? Older furnaces work harder than their newer counterparts, causing your energy bill to rise. Newer furnaces are more energy efficient but be sure to compare their annual and lifetime costs to use. If you need help choosing, call the experts at Comfort Experts. Our team of professionals can help guide you through the process of finding a furnace that meets your needs and budget.
There Is Visible Signs Of Damage
Seeing rust, cracks, or other visible signs of damage to your furnace? Replace it.
A damaged furnace can wreak havoc on your home in the form of leaking carbon monoxide, potential fire hazards, and an inefficient system that will cost you more over time.
There Is Uneven Heating Throughout The Home
Is it warm in your living room but freezing in the bedroom? Do you find yourself turning up the heat or even closing registers in some rooms in the attempt to heat another room? Uneven heating throughout the home is a sign that your furnace needs replacing.
Older furnaces and duct-work lose their ability to evenly distribute heat over time, causing uneven home heating. A new furnace will help rooms heat evenly, increasing comfort and reducing energy costs.
Your Furnace Is In Need Of Frequent Repairs
Do you find yourself making frequent phone calls to your repairman and pouring money into furnace repairs to stop that squealing, rattling, and other noise? Stop this cycle and get a new furnace.
When it comes down to it, investing in a new furnace is often much more cost effective than spending hundreds of dollars throughout the year to keep it repaired. This is especially true if the cost of repairs is over half of the cost of a replacement.
Call Comfort Experts For 24/7 Care
Replacing your old furnace is easy with Comfort Experts. We cover both gas and electric furnaces and heat pumps to help keep your home warm and running efficiently.
Our team of professionals are on call for 24/7 care to be there for you for all your furnace needs, from maintenance to repair.