Owning a home is a dream come true for many people. However, it can also require a lot of hard work and upkeep. Some of the more expensive appliances in our home can put a dent in the budget when they stop working. This is even true with a furnace. To know if it’s time to replace your old one with a newer model, below are some signs yours might be going.
1. Over 15 Years Old
The average life span of a gas furnace is 18 years old. However, it has now been recommended by Energy Star to replace it after you’ve had it for 15 years or more. Energy Star appliances will use 15% less energy than others found in the market. The money you will spend trying to fix your older heating appliance can be put towards a new one that will save you money each month.
2. Your Heating Bill Keeps Increasing
Many issues can cause your energy bills to rise. However, a common reason is a furnace going bad. Once the internal parts of the appliance wear out, it will not work as efficiently and your energy bills will prove this. The extra money you’re paying on gas each month can go towards the purchase of a new appliance.
3. Frequent Repairs
It is common for these appliances to get most of the repairs that they need in the last couple of years of their lifespan. Add up the cost of repairs you spent over the last two years to see if it would be more economical to buy a new one instead. Additional resources can be found at Lennox.
4. Strange Noises Coming From Appliance
When your appliance is heating up, does it make any popping, rattling or banging noises? If it does, it might indicate parts are going bad and it’s time to be replaced.
5. Thermostat Setting Not Keeping Home Comfortable
If you notice some of your rooms are not getting to the temperature you have the thermostat set at and you find yourself constantly having to adjust it, it could indicate your furnace is not distributing the heat evenly throughout your home. Have an HVAC technician come to your home to verify no other issues are causing uneven heating before replacing your appliance.
6. Burner Flame Is Yellow
The burner flame in your appliance should be a blue color. If it turns yellow, it might be a sign that your appliance is producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that can be toxic to you and your family if exposed to it for too long. Always get a yellow flame checked out as soon as possible by a professional.
No homeowner wants to pour money into their appliances for endless repairs. If you notice any of the listed signs above, have your appliance replaced with a newer, more efficient model.