With the holidays arriving quickly, it’s important to make sure your furnace is in good condition. However, if you notice any of the signs below, it might be time to consider replacing your furnace instead of simply maintaining or repairing it. Here is Acree’s list of some signs your furnace might be failing so you can nip the problem in the bud instead of dealing with a broken furnace on Christmas!
1. Age of the Furnace
When you think about replacing your furnace, consider its age as its an important factor. If your furnace is between 15-20 years, it has approached the end of its life and is probably causing problems like not properly heating your home or short cycling. To check your furnace’s age, look for the serial number on its label located either at the top of the furnace or on the side.
2. Excessive Repairs
Like many appliances, your furnace might occasionally have issues. During these times, you will probably contact a technician who will fix the problem quickly. Needing repairs a few times is not an issue. However, if you find yourself shelling out money very frequently for repairs, you might be dealing with a furnace that is on the verge of breakdown. It is better economically to spend time and money on a newer and better furnace than to spend on a worn out one’s repairs.
3. Yellow Pilot Light
Older furnaces might use a conventional pilot light. If you have a system like this, make sure you check your pilot light often. Your pilot light should burn blue if your furnace is functioning normally. However, if you notice that it is burning yellow, there might be a couple issues. First, a yellow pilot light might be indicative of a carbon monoxide leak in your home, which can be dangerous. The second issue might be that without enough gas supply, the pilot light won’t burn as hot as a blue flame will. This can lead to the pilot light going out frequently. If you notice a pilot light burning yellow often, get in touch with a technician—your furnace might be seriously malfunctioning.
4. Increasing Utility Bills
If your heating bills are increasing rapidly, there might be a couple reasons for this. Your filter might need to be changed, your coils might simply need cleaning or you might need better insulation. However, if you find that your filters and coils are clean and your insulation is intact, you might have a furnace that is on its last legs. Get in touch with an HVAC technician you trust to learn about why your utility bills might be increasing.
See any of these signs that your furnace might be failing? Get in touch with the pros at Acree! Call us today at 813-703-2558 or schedule a service with us on our website! Our team of experts are highly qualified in dealing with a myriad of furnace issues and would be happy to help you out!