You might not want to believe it’s happening, but eventually, it will. Your heater will go out. And problems never arise at a convenient time. (Is there ever a convenient time for problems?) The good thing is, if you catch a problem before it becomes a total breakdown, you can avoid the stress of being completely out in the cold.
These six warning signs are indicators that your heating unit might be on it’s last leg. Now, none of these problems alone means that your heater needs to be replaced. But if you are seeing two or more of these signs, call Strittmatters to get your unit checked out.
1) How old is your furnace?
The average furnace is expected to last between 16 and 20 years. If it’s been more than 20 years, repairing problems might be more trouble than it’s worth. Replacing the unit, instead of patching up problems, will be more cost-effective in the long run.
2) Is your heating bill going up?
If you notice your heating bill going up, it could be time to replace the unit. Components of the heater can deteriorate and cause the unit to use more energy to function properly. The more energy it takes your heater to run; the more money you’ll be shelling out when the bill comes.
3) Are you having thermostat issues?
If you’re always messing with the thermostat to try to get the right temperature in your home, it could be time for a new furnace. Incorrect heating can be from your unit not being able to properly heat all parts of your house, leading you to adjust the thermostat… again.
4) Is your pilot light burning yellow?
The furnace flame should be burning blue. If it’s burning yellow, it could mean that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide. This dangerous, poisonous gas is odorless, tasteless and colorless and could be fatal. If you suspect that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide, leave your house immediately and call your utility company to have the gas shut off. More information about carbon monoxide can be found here.
5) Are you hearing strange noises?
What’s that sound coming from your furnace? If it’s making unusual banging, popping or screeching noises, that might be your furnace’s swan song.
6) Has your furnace been frequently repaired in the past two years?
If your furnace has been breaking down frequently, it might be time to call it. A new furnace can be more energy efficient than your old one, saving you money on more repairs and on your utilities bill.
If any of these signs describe your furnace, call us at 940-566-1122 to discuss your heating options.