You rely on a furnace to get you through Ohio’s long winters. However, like any machine, this one will break down over time. To avoid experiencing a cold day with no heat, you should know the warning signs of a failing system so you can address problems beforehand. These are some common issues you’ll notice if the unit is on its last legs.
How to Tell When You Need a New Furnace
1. Old Age
The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15 to 20 years. If yours is near this age, plan to replace it soon and shop for a new one early instead of waiting until it fails. Pay close attention to any odd sounds or smells that may indicate problems, and have a contractor take a look at these issues to help you determine if it’s time to replace it.
2. Increased Costs
Furnaces become less efficient over time, causing them to work harder than usual. Unfortunately, this will increase your utility bills. Check the filter and replace it if it’s dirty. If this doesn’t bring the cost down, the heating system is showing signs of wear and tear.
You may also find yourself calling a contractor for frequent repairs. Furnaces often need many fixes in the last two years of their life, but you could put that money toward a newer and more efficient appliance instead.
3. Changes in Flame Color
Keep an eye on the pilot light, as a healthy furnace will burn a clean blue flame. If it turns yellow or begins flickering, the appliance may be releasing carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to serious health problems. If you notice a yellow pilot light, turn off the device, open the windows, and evacuate the home. Have a contractor fix the problem right away, and don’t enter the house again until a professional says it’s safe.
4. Respiratory Problems
Furnaces work by filtering and heating outside air before blowing it into your home. Old models often have a more challenging time completing this process, which can lead to more dust and pollen being circulated. This can create respiratory problems, particularly for people with asthma or allergies. If you notice breathing difficulties, change the filter and see if that helps. If not, it’s probably time for a furnace replacement.
If you’re experiencing furnace problems, visit us at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH. Since 1998, our award-winning team has provided HVAC services to a long list of satisfied customers. We’re also accredited with the Better Business Bureau®, so you can trust we’ll get the job done right. Visit our website to see our full list of offerings, or call us at (740) 520-2312 to schedule an appointment.