Does Your Furnace Need Replacement?
If you`re noticing that your home feels especially cold, higher energy bills, and weird furnace noises, it may be time for a replacement.
As the fall season slowly transitions into winter, you may be starting to turn on your heat in an effort to stay warm and comfortable. Furnaces provide us with comfy nights in with family and protection from the elements. Your home should be a place to relax and unwind without the use of large blankets or winter sniffles.
Why it is Important to Replace your Furnace?
It is crucial to pay attention to the signs that your furnace is in need of replacing in order to keep your home healthy and safe. Like any product, it has a certain life span. Over time cracks and leaks can result in carbon monoxide gas to escape into your home`s air. This is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that deprives your vital organs of oxygen, resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death.
In the event that your furnace is malfunctioning and emitting gas, although unlikely, it could be vulnerable to causing an explosion or catching fire, damaging your home and possibly hurting those you love. An old furnace also can result in your home being heated less efficiently, spending more money as you overwork it and get little return in terms of heat.
Signs It May Be Time to Call Us
Paying attention to the signs that your furnace may be in need of replacement can save you money, wasted time, and even protect you from the dangers of a leaking furnace.
Age- The first sign that your furnace may need replacement is to consider how old your product is. Typically, a furnace can last 15 to 20 years. This doesn’t mean you should ignore clear problems and issues that arise. Also, consider how often you use it, how large your home is, and the quality of the product. This helps determine how long your product could last.
Uneven or Nonexistent Heating- This may be another clear indication that your furnace is not heating your home or business correctly. This may mean that there are areas of your home that get hotter than others or you notice that some rooms seem to have little to no heat at all. Also, if you notice your house feeling more humid than usual, this could be due to a faulty furnace. If you notice your electric bills increasing exponentially, your furnace is not efficiently heating your home and is actually wasting energy and money.
Lots of Noises- If your furnace is often making deep rattling, buzzing, even humming noises, it could mean that you need a new one. Based on its age, you should consider if repairing is worth it. If your furnace is constantly needing repairs and replacements, you should consider investing in a new furnace instead of diving into your wallet for repairs.
Noticeable Cracks or Rust- This is one of the most obvious signs that your furnace is in need of replacement. Leaks can be very dangerous and lead to leaking harmful carbon monoxide and causing damage to your home. If you notice rust buildup around your furnace, it is the result of gases interacting with the metal furnace. Noticeable rust could mean more leakage and condensation is causing damage.
Who To Call
The best thing to do if you think your furnace is malfunctioning or in need of replacing is to call a professional to run a full diagnostic. This way, you can consider whether replacement is needed. If it is a high replacement cost, use this rule of thumb and take the age of your product times the repair cost. If it’s over $5,000 grand, it’s best to buy a new one. We have a variety of products and services to choose from at Mason Mechanical to ensure that you and your loved one`s get back to feeling comfortable, happy, and healthy.