How Do I Know When It's Time To Replace My Furnace?
Your furnace is the heart of your HVAC system. So, it's important to make sure it is always running its best. Especially in an area like Edmonton, Alberta where temperatures can drop to extreme measures. Having your system fail, particularly in the winter, can not only be dangerous to your health but can cause further problems such as frozen pipes. At Legacy Heating and Cooling, it's not about selling you the newest model but making sure you have the most efficient and safe system in your household.
Just like Murphy's law states, "Things will go wrong in any given situation if you give them a chance." Don't give your furnace a chance to fail you. Make sure to set up annual maintenance visits with Legacy Heating and Cooling today. That way, you can anticipate future problems, repairs or replacements and be financially prepared for the worst.
Some signs that may indicate you need a new furnace to include:
- The age of your furnace. Furnaces die out at an average of 18-20 years. If your furnace is nearing or exceeding the age of 15 years, then it's definitely time to start looking into replacing your furnace. Statistically, the efficiency of furnaces 15 years and older has dropped below 80%. This means they break down more often, require more energy and simply will not perform in a way that suits the needs of your household. A good rule of thumb is, no matter the age of the furnace if the cost to repair is 50% of the cost of a new furnace, you should replace it.
- Constant repair bills. After a while, the integrity of the mechanisms that run your furnace will deteriorate due to wear and tear over the years. They will break down more often than not, costing you more than it would cost to replace the furnace itself in the long run. If you don't have a maintenance plan with your HVAC technician, this deterioration will happen more quickly, which could cause you to have to replace your furnace sooner.
- Higher energy bills. Because of this natural deterioration, your unit will have to work harder to try and meet the needs of your household. This causes an uprise in energy needs, costing you more monthly.
- Uneven heat distribution. When your furnace is rundown, it may not have the power to evenly distribute heat through your home properly anymore. This can cause a number of complications in your home.
- Yellow flames. Your natural gas furnace should have a crisp and clear blue flame. This flame signifies a healthy and clean system with no leaks or safety issues. You can check the flame by checking through the furnace's cover vent. If you happen to see a yellow flame, it's within your best interest to contact a professional. A yellow flame may indicate a number of issues. It could be something as simple as the heat exchanger or burner needs cleaning or something as dangerous as a leak of carbon monoxide or other natural gas leaks.