When to Replace Your Furnace, Some Warning Signs

brennan_furnaceA furnace is like every machine; regular maintenance is necessary and eventually every furnace will reach the end of its useful life.  Here are some warning signs that can help you to know when it’s time to replace your furnace:

Furnace Age

How old is your furnace? The average life of a residential furnace is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is 15 years old or older, it is probably time to start thinking about a new furnace. An energy star qualified furnace can help you save a significant amount on your energy bill as compared to an older one.

Unusual Furnace Noises

Especially if your furnace is older, strange noises like high-pitched whining, banging or rattling noises can be a warning sign that you may need to replace your furnace soon.

An Increase in Your Energy Bill

If you’ve noticed a sudden or dramatic increase in your energy bill, this could be a sign that your unit is working harder and must work longer to properly heat your home. Also, furnaces lose their energy efficiency as they age, especially if they haven’t had regular maintenance.

Home Temperature

Another sign your furnace may be failing is if you notice that your home isn’t staying a consistent temperature. If you need to frequently adjust the thermostat because some rooms are too cold while others are too hot, this may be a sign that your furnace isn’t distributing heat evenly throughout your home.

Frequent Repairs

Have you had many furnace repairs recently? Furnaces have the most breakdowns, repairs and part replacements in the last years of use. Before investing hundreds of dollars into repair costs for a furnace that may only last a year or two, consider replacing your older furnace with an new energy-efficient model that can help you save on your energy bill every month.

Health Risks

Another reason to replace an older furnace is that it can develop cracks which could leak carbon monoxide into your home. If you have a gas furnace and the burner flame color is yellow instead of blue, then your furnace needs to be repaired or replaced immediately. Especially if you have an older furnace, it is important to have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Free Energy Consultation

A new energy efficient furnace can even cut your heating bill by up to 20%. Brennan Heating offers a free energy consultation to help you discover how to get the most out of your Seattle furnace and HVAC system. Call us today at 1-877-BRENNAN (273-6626) or email:  info@brennanheating.com

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Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning provides quality heating, cooling, and electrical services to the greater Seattle area.
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