Need to Replace Your Furnace? Watch Out for These 6 Tell-Tale Signs

REPLACE YOUR FURNACEEverybody can relate why Canadian winters are so stressful. For instance, you have to brave driving in the snow, feel anxious about the outrageous amount of clothing you need to wear, or suffer from constant backaches due to your non-stop shoveling. You start to wish it’s already Spring by tomorrow. Another issue that adds to your stress level is the question whether your furnace will survive another winter season. But once you recognize these six signs, it is a tell-tale sign that you need to replace your furnace.

YOUR FURNACE IS JUST SIMPLY OLD

Similar to a car’s odometer that has been everywhere, an old furnace indicates it’s time will be up soon. Although there are expected lifespans for equipment like this one, some can barely make it to its warranty of 10-12 years and have it replaced while others still function efficiently for as long as 20 years. Many people say that a furnace is expected to serve you for around 16-20 years. But you could expedite the replacement by not maintaining your furnace properly.

YOUR HEATING BILLS HAVE GONE UP THE ROOF

Wear and tear of a furnace’s internal components and breaking down of the ductwork can wreak havoc on your furnace and render it less efficient over time. You’ll only notice once your heating bills starts to skyrocket, but you won’t know just by looking at it. A significant and consistent rise on your energy bill is indicative that you need to replace your furnace because it is nearing its expiry date.

YOU START FEELING GROGGY OR DAZED

You and your family start to get sickly and feel disoriented, but it is not a medical condition. It simply implies that your furnace is failing and might need a replacement soon. Cracks in the heat exchanger start to appear and lead to the leaking of deadly carbon monoxide into your home. Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless and colorless gas and is a more dangerous issue than the replacement of your furnace. It is why you must never skip on your furnace’s regular checkup before the cold season starts.

YOU START TO HEAR STRANGE NOISES

When you start to hear strange creaks and other noises; it is another sign that it is faltering and you need to replace your furnace. When you start your furnace, it is common to hear some minor sounds from it. But hearing louder sounds on a regular basis is not a good sign at all.

THE AIR IN YOUR HOME IS NOT THAT WARM

Some rooms may end up warm enough while other not when your furnace and thermostat are disconnected. When your furnace does not have enough power to deliver warm air to your entire home, you can count on it needing a replacement soon.

YOUR FURNACE FREQUENTLY CYCLES

Make sure to immediately call your local furnace expert and have your furnace checked once its blower runs regularly or your furnace cycles more often than before. Some other factors may cause your furnace’s frequent recycling.

Bear in mind that not all issues require a replacement. Some can still be fixed by repairing it and by replacing certain parts. Nevertheless, be on the lookout for these signs to replace your furnace.

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August 18th, 2016 by Lief Simons
About Lief Simons

Lief Simons is the President of Plumbers Edmonton Ltd., which specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling installation, repair and servicing. For same day 24/7 service, call 587-408-3450.