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3 Signs Your Furnace Needs To Be Replaced
We aren't all born with the inept capability to determine whether or not our furnace is showing symptoms of breaking down and needing to be replaced. That in itself is why we opt to hire service to come down and visit the house for routine inspections. We understand the value of hard-earned money, and sometimes repairs can cost more in the long run than simply buying a new unit. We want to enlighten everyone about the signs you should be aware of before you call your local HVAC service. Here are 3 signs you'll notice when your furnace needs to be replaced:
Oddly Rising Heating Bills
As homeowners, we make it our responsibility to monitor our monthly expenses and bills. Every now and then, depending on the season, electric and gas rates tend to fluctuate up and down. But if you start to notice your heating bills increase at a faster than usual rate, you may need to factor in the possibility of you needing to replace it. You see, efficiency becomes an inexistent word to furnaces as they get older (much faster if not properly maintained). In the long run, your expenses could cost you bills worth buying a new furnace while you're still stuck with the old and inefficient one.
This is a rather common problem with furnaces. Some rooms appear to feel colder while others are warm and vice versa. You'd then have to manually and constantly reset the thermostat to your preferred level. If that's the case, then it's obvious that your furnace needs to be replaced. You could continuously use it without replacing your furnace immediately, but this would only lead to more problems in the future. Problems that will cost you more money in repairs and heating bills (as mentioned above).
If you or any of your family members are experiencing unexplainable flu-like symptoms such as headaches, burning eyes, nausea, etc, then this may be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from your furnace. Because of the expansion and contraction mechanism in the heat exchanger, older furnaces may develop cracks and cause toxic carbon monoxide gas from leaking into your home. If this is the case, it's important to open as many, if not all, of your windows to get fresh air circulation and vent out the leaking carbon monoxide. Then get everyone outside and call your local fire department or HVAC service to properly turn the gas off. You can then get your family back safely inside the house as your local HVAC service inspects your furnace and checks whether or not it can still be repaired or needs replacement.
There are more ways to check whether or not your furnace may need to be replaced, but if you believe your furnace has one of these three signs, call your local HVAC service to come over and inspect your unit. For more tips on furnace maintenance and other related advice, contact Ardmore Fresh Air at (847) 792-1019.