Most homeowners here in Mound, Minnesota and surrounding areas do not pay much attention to their furnace until the cold weather hits and they rely heavily on their system to stay warm and comfortable when inside. Unfortunately, furnaces break down and will often do so at the worst possible time. Luckily, if you pay attention, your furnace will provide you with a wealth of clues that it is nearing the end of its life or that it will need repairs soon. Here are five warnings signs to watch out for:
1. Your Furnace Could Be Considered Antique
Most furnaces will not last more than approximately 15 to 20 years. Instead of simply waiting for your furnace to fail, which will most likely be when you need it the most, consider planning for the replacement of your furnace ahead of time. This will help ensure that you don’t make a rash decision on your new furnace because you need it quickly. Ultimately, if you have had your furnace for 15 years, then it is time to start budgeting and saving for a new furnace so that you can replace it sooner rather than later.
2. Your Pilot Light Is Yellow Instead of Blue
It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to simply disregard the fact that their pilot light is yellow and not blue. However, this is a mistake because a yellow flame indicates that there is a gas leak in your furnace. In other words, your furnace is leaking the poisonous, colorless, tasteless and odorless carbon monoxide.
3. Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
If you have noticed an increase in the squeals, rattles, pops, creaks and bangs that your furnace is making, then it is probably a good idea to have it checked out. More than likely, it’s time for a brand new furnace.
4. Your Utility Bills Are Skyrocketing
As your furnace gets older, its internal components will begin to wear down. When this happens, the overall efficiency of your furnace begins to decrease. This then causes your energy bills to increase due to the fact that your furnace is running longer and harder in order to keep your home warm.
5. Your Furnace Has Required Frequent Repairs
As your furnace ages, it will have parts that will need to be repaired. If you have noticed that you have been spending money on numerous repairs in the last couple of years, then it’s time to consider a new one.
If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, then it is time to start considering a replacement furnace. The last thing you want is to wake up during the middle of the night on a cold winter night to find out that it isn’t working and you need a furnace repair expert.
If you are interested in having us check out your furnace, contact us today.