Signs that you Need a New Furnace
Follow the Signs | Signs that you Need a New Furnace
Winter has been around for a while in Western New York, and as we know, we have some of the coldest times of the year still ahead of us. Your furnace has made it this far this year, but will it get you through the entire blistery cold season? It’s time to make sure your furnace is up to the task of keeping you warm the rest of this winter. As with most things in life, your furnace won’t last forever and it may be time for a new furnace.
Use the below tips to help you identify the warning signs that it may be time to look into getting a new furnace.
Age of Your Furnace
Today’s furnaces have a typical lifespan of around 20 to 30 years. If your heater is more than 15 years old, it is probably time to start considering furnace replacement options. Before you put your furnace on the curb, there are plenty of ways to make sure you get the most out of your existing furnace. To start, be sure you’ve got the breakers and shut off switches accurately set. Also make sure you regularly swap out dirty, blocked filters for clean ones to allow for proper airflow.
Know What you Spend
Have your energy bills and maintenance costs for your furnace steadily increased? If so, your expenses could be a telltale sign that your furnace is close to needing to be replaced. Older furnaces must work harder to produce heat, and as a result, your energy bills and repair costs progressively rise. Newer efficient furnace units will save you money in the long run.
Temperatures Vary Throughout Your Western New York Home
With age, furnaces become more inefficient and they may lose the ability to distribute heat evenly throughout your home, as they are working on overdrive. A furnace passed its prime may not be able to heat as much as it once did and, therefore; some rooms in your Hamburg, NY home may be colder than others.
New Soot is Found
If you have discovered new black powdery or flaky substances around your furnace registers, it may be time to replace your furnace. If you find soot (or dust/rust) around these areas within your home, it means that your furnace has too much CO2. Not only does this mean your furnace is not performing properly, this can cause excessive dryness throughout your home which can lead to damaged furniture, flooring and plants. It can also cause itchy throats, dry eyes, as well as respiratory issues when inhaled.
Listen to your Furnace
Have the sounds of your furnace changed? Furnaces can be noisy, however; if that noise gets louder over time, then you may want to consider a replacement. Possible new noises and signs include: rattling, popping, humming, and screeching or squealing. Any new noise coming from your heating unit should alert you that it is time to call in a professional.
Pro Tip: To give your furnace some extra life and to save you some money on your energy bill, you can turn the heat down and wear extra layers, but don’t turn the temperature down too much to cause bursting pipes. A programmable thermostat is perhaps the best way to regulate the heat in your Hamburg, NY and Erie County home. It’s simple. You program the thermostat to drop the temperature when you’re either asleep or away and then schedule the temperatures to rise when you return. You can also seal areas within your home that leak heat, such as doors and windows.
Just because your Western New York furnace is aged, does not mean that it must be replaced. You need to follow the signs to determine if it is the end of the road for your unit or not. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC we are experts when it comes to heating repair and replacement. Contact us today to allow our professionals to help you with all your heating needs.
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