Warning Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing
As every Vernon homeowner knows, fall and winter can bring unpredictable weather. From cold, rainy fall days to snowstorms in the winter, it’s important to create a safe and warm environment at home. However, if your current gas furnace is struggling to provide comfort during the winter, it may be time to replace it. But how do you know when you need a new furnace? Use our checklist to help determine if your furnace needs replacing:
The Age of Your System
Start by checking the age of your furnace. If you’re like most homeowners, it’s likely your furnace was already in place when you moved into your home, which means it could be at the end of its lifespan. Locate the owner’s manual or look up the system’s model number which should be located on the furnace itself. The average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 10-20 years, depending on maintenance and usage.
Rising Energy Bills
An increase in energy bills can mean that your system is running less efficiently.
Excessive Dust, Dirt, Soot or Rust Particles
If you notice more dust, dander, soot, rust or dirt building up within your home while your furnace is running, it’s a sign to install a new system.
Home Humidity Problems
Humidity within your home is a concern for all homeowners in the winter, especially if you have wood floors. If you’ve noticed the air within your home to be dry, your furnace could be to blame.
Rooms are Heating Unevenly
If you notice different rooms within your home are heated unevenly (or not heated at all) it’s likely due to your furnace. As your furnace ages, it can be more difficult to push heat evenly throughout your home.
Furnace Becomes Unusually Noisy or Develops Rattles, Buzzes or Hums
If you notice your system running louder than normal or develops rattles, buzzes or hums, it’s time to replace it because of cracks, leaks or other structural issues.
Furnace Has Visible Signs of Rust or Cracks in or Around the System
Going back to the last point, if you’ve noticed signs of rust or cracks developing in or around your furnace, it’s time to replace it. This naturally occurs over time as your furnace ages.
Look back at your repair bills and note how many times you had to call on an HVAC contractor to repair your heating system within the last two years. If you see your repair man more than your friends, it’s time to call for a free estimate.
If you have noticed any of the above signs from your furnace, it’s critical to speak with a Comfort Advisor from Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical and discuss replacement options. Not only is it important to have a working heating system throughout winter, but it’s important to keep your family safe. Problems with your furnace can lead to health issues from carbon monoxide, dust and dander, and other things that are bad to inhale.
Why Work with Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical
Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical takes great pride in being a name that Vernon and surrounding Communities can depend on. Over the more than 20 years we’ve been in business, we’ve been able to solve all manner of heating and cooling issues, so there’s no job too difficult for us!