The following are pointers to a need for a furnace replacement in your house in the new year:
Your furnace has been in use for a long period of time
You could compare your furnaces’ age to the national average of furnace use in your country. In homes, the average age of furnaces is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this average or older, then, you might consider shopping for another furnace. It is not very advisable to shop for a furnace replacement in a rush, as that may prevent you from making a very good decision about the furnace you would eventually purchase.
Gas and electric bills keepsgoing up
More often than not, rising gas and electric prices are not the principal reason for high bills. Furnaceslose their efficiency as they age, especially if they have not been routinely maintained. Thus, your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat it should have provided within a short time. This would cause your gas and electric bills to skyrocket. The huge amount you pay the gas and electric company every month could be used to buy a new furnace.
Feeling sick or queasy lately, with a considerable amount of dryness and dust at home.
You might encounter some considerable amount of dust and dryness in your house, because, old furnaces have lost the ability to moisturize and purify the air in your home. Therefore, air in your house may be stuffy or stale. Has there been anyone in your family whohas suffered recently from allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, viruses or dander? Has anyone suffered recently from dry nose, dry throat, or dry skin?.
A ‘yes’ might point to the fact that your old furnace has to be checked and probably replaced. Other notable signs may be: static shocks, drooping plants, furniture cracking, frequent dust accumulationand musical instruments that keep going outof tune. These signs suggest that your old furnace has lost the capability of providing you with the comfort you and your family may desire.
As furnaces age, cracksare likely to develop in the heat exchanger inside the furnace. Carbon monoxide (CO), if present, could leak into your home undetected. Notable signs include: a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea,frequent headaches, flu-like symptoms and disorientation. Cracks in the heat exchange could occur undetected,a reasonwhy it is not a good idea to wait until such cracks occur. Read more.
If your burner flameis yellow instead of blue?
A yellow or flickering flame indicates that poisonous carbon monoxide (CO)is being released by your furnace. This poisonous gas is colourless and odourless and brings about the undesirable symptoms listed in the previous point. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide production from your furnace are: Absence of an upward draft in your chimney, streaks of soot around your furnace,excess moisture on walls,excessive rusting on flue pipes and other pipe connections,a little amount of water leaking from the base of the chimney, flue pipe or vent, rust on a portion of the vent pipe visible from outside.