Signs your Furnace May Need to be Replaced
When it comes to maximizing efficiency, lowering your energy costs, and making your home comfortable, you’ll need properly working heating and air conditioning equipment. Below are some signs to let you know when to call a professional HVAC contractor like Temp Pro Mechanical to replace your existing furnace. Individually, these signs may not be enough reason to replace your furnace, but the more signs compiled may mean you likely need a new one.
Signs Your Furnace May Need to Be Replaced:
If your furnace is older than 15 years, you should replace it with an Energy Star rated one. Energy Star rated furnaces are 15% more energy efficient than other others on the market. Check your systems AFUE rating, a yellow EnergyGuide label on most appliances. AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency and represents the amount of fuel used to create heat. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the appliance will be.
Change in Your Heating Bill
As furnace internal parts go through wear and tear, your gas and electric bill may be increasing. If you notice a steady increase in your heating bill over the years, your furnace may be going downhill and on its last legs. If you notice, however, a rapid rise in your bill, contact an HVAC specialist right away. Here’s something to think about, the extra money you’re paying in gas and electricity could be used toward a new, more efficient furnace.
Your Furnace Requires More Attention Lately
Furnaces require frequent repairs in the last two years of their lives. But don’t let it get that far, if your furnace had more than two repairs in the last year, throw in the towel and use your money to buy a more efficient one. If your repair costs are over 50% of the cost of a new furnace, this is also a sign to replace it.
What is that Sound?
Older furnaces tend to make a rattling, popping, or banging noises at the end of their life when turning on. Keep an ear open for those sounds, you’ll be able to recognize them. You may also notice the blower turning on and off more often or cold air being blown when it should be warm. This is a sign your furnace needs to be replaced by an HVAC specialist.
Are you incessantly adjusting your thermostat to get comfortable, but you seem to be losing the battle? It’s possible your furnace can no longer distribute heat adequately throughout your house. Have an HVAC specialist determine if the issue with your thermostat or furnace.
The Yellow Flame
The furnace’s flame should be burning blue. If it’s yellow, this could be a sign of your furnace producing carbon monoxide or at the very least it’s not burning the fuel as cleanly and efficiently as it should. It is potentially dangerous if your furnace flame is any color other than blue. Have a furnace repair and replacement company like Temp Pro Mechanical check out immediately.
If you notice some of these signs in your furnace, contact Temp Pro Mechanical to have our HVAC specialists assess your furnace and recommend the best solution to help you save money and have a properly running furnace.