3 Signs Your Furnace Needs To Be Replaced
Furnaces have become a staple component of any Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning, and Cooling System (HVAC). In fact, it’s the most common choice of keeping warm and has been so since its first recorded use in 1200 BC in Rome. It was called a “hypocaust” back then though, technology was light-years away from what it is today. Slaves were tasked to keep the blaze burning.
Today, furnaces now automatically meet our desired temperature with a mere touch of a button. You can even have different temperatures for every room. Yet even in our modern era and all the progress we made since, we’ve yet to manage to build a device that’s capable of operating for a limitless amount of time. These things are built to last long though, and is expected to last about 15 years. Some could even operate for 20 years.
Like our bodies needing supplements and trips to the doctor, our furnaces need maintenance and routine visits by technicians for it to last its presumed lifespan.
Have your unit examined by a technician or HVAC specialist. Make sure they are well-established ones that have a good reputation in the industry. This way you’re assured that they know what they are doing.
The specialists will determine if repairs are necessary. It will also be needing cleaning every now and then. You can choose to do this yourself, or have professionals do this for you. Most likely the specialist, or HVAC company your working with offers this service too.
Signs For Replacement
Furnaces that need to be swapped in for a new one, will start to be inefficient in performing its job. Utility bills will start to increase as it starts to use more gas or electricity, than it originally needed in the past.
Frequent breakage is also an indicator. As your model ages, wear and tear will occur and eventually it will have degraded to a point where repair won’t bring it back to its former glory. You’ll find yourself having to spend more and more on parts and your technician’s labor.
A new heating system would give you productivity as not only would it be in its best condition btu would most likely be much more advanced thanks to technology. It may cost a lot initially, but its a much more practical choice in the long-run.
Due to its deterioration over the years, your heater will struggle to comply with the warmth it’s supposed to produce. It might start out where it takes a lot longer for it to achieve its job then as time passes it begins to be unable to live up of the necessary standards.
Another possible scenario would be, unequal temperatures in different rooms when it was not set to be that way.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is a real risk in old heaters due to crevices that develop as it ages. This can also happen to newer models when maintenance is not taken seriously. Signs of this is a strange smell or flu-like symptoms among the residents. If one of your loved ones is sick, and you have a rather old furnace, don’t rule it out. Have the heater checked immediately.
If you establish, whether by yourself or with the help of a technician, that it is your heating system causing this, open as many windows and doors. Evacuate the house immediately. Call the fire department and let the professionals deal with this.
Replacing your furnace is a hefty expense but think of it more as an investment and you’ll see it pay off in the years to come. Peace of mind and health from a warm home in the cold months is worth the money you spend. To make sure your furnace is in good shape, call TDI Air at (616) 449-1039.