December 20, 2017

5 Warnings Signs That You May Need to Replace Your Furnace

Prime ComfortAs the year starts to come to an end, the cold weather is just beginning! Now is a great time to ensure that your furnace will be able to get you through the winter season. Most people are unaware that they may need to make a few tune-ups to their furnace or replace it all together. To lend a helping hand, we have provided a checklist below to help you determine your next step.

Is Your Furnace Over 15 Years Old?

If your furnace is reaching its 15-year mark and is beginning to start malfunctioning, it is likely that it may need to be replaced. It may still be working; however, there is a very slim chance that it is operating at full capacity, resulting in higher utility bills for your household. The older your furnace is, the more maintenance it typically requires. As a rule of thumb, if the repair costs are 50% or more of your furnace cost, it will be cheaper (and more convenient) to buy a new furnace altogether.

Are Your Energy Bills and Equipment Repairs Steadily Increasing?

When a furnace is older, it typically has to work harder to provide the levels of heating it did when it was first installed in the house. Once you begin to notice increasingly high utility bills, and you find yourself on a first name basis with your repairman, it may be time to invest in a new furnace. Looking into the future, it will be cheaper to pay for a new one now than to continually pay for repair costs down the road.

Are the Rooms Throughout Your Home Different Temperatures?

With an older furnace, it is not uncommon to find some rooms warmer (or colder) than others as you walk through your home. Old furnaces have outdated duct systems, which lose the ability to distribute heat evenly from room to room. If you are experiencing this issue, you may need a tune-up or a new system.

Does Your Home Have Soot Around the Registers?

A register is a grille with moving parts that is capable of being opened and closed to direct airflow. With older furnaces, you may begin to see dust, dirt, or rust particles around your registers, which can impact the health of the people inside your home. This is a sign that your furnace has too much CO2 that can also lead to excessive dryness; which can affect the walls, wood flooring, furniture, and plants within your home. Consider replacing your furnace if you begin to notice your plants are wilting quicker than usual or if your family begins to experience dry eyes, itchy throats, or headaches more frequently.

Is Your Furnace Making Extra Noise?

Like many other systems, furnaces make noise when they are turned off and on. However, if these noises are in the form of rattling, popping, humming, or screeching, it is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced soon! Some of the reasons for these sounds are:

  • Rattling: unsecured ductwork, loose screws, sheet metal, or unbalanced motors
  • Popping: parts within your furnace beginning to cool and warm due to temperature changes from your system
  • Humming: inducer motor or blower fan could be starting to fail
  • Screeching: Overall issues with your blower fan or inducer motor, such as loose bearing, deteriorating belt, or pulley issues

While an older furnace or heater may seem to be functioning fine, chances are that it is more expensive to operate than a newer system. If your furnace begins to show any of these signs, call Prime Comfort, Charlotte’s Premier HVAC Installation, Service, and Repair Company at (704) 237-3417!