What do you do when the weather gets frightful and you don’t have a working furnace? You can prevent furnace breakdowns with regular maintenance, and the Central Heating experts are available for 24/7 emergency furnace repair, so you never need to worry about how to keep your family safe and warm. But how do you know when you need furnace repair and when you need furnace replacement? A furnace in need of repair can look very similar to a furnace that needs to be removed and thrown away. So how can you tell the difference?
In this blog, we’ll talk about some of the signs that you need furnace replacement rather than simple furnace repair. The Central Heating professionals will always look for the smartest and more affordable solution, but in the case that a furnace can’t simply be repaired, it should be replaced right away: broken furnaces cause fire hazards and can risk breaking down when you need it most.
The signs your furnace is on the verge of a breakdown are:
- Age– Furnaces, like everything else, don’t last forever. Their lifespan is generally between 16 and 20 years, and that’s really only if you have it annually maintenanced. If your furnace stops working and it is more than 15 years old, it may be time to consider installing a newer one to improve your energy efficiency and home heating.
- Loud Noises– Generally, banging and clanging in your furnace mean that there are parts missing or broken in the machine. This could result in complete heating failure, or even more dangerous problems such as carbon monoxide emissions. Loud noises in a furnace are not normal! If your heating system goes bump in the night, have Central check it out.
- Higher Bills– Have you noticed your heating bill go up recently? Don’t blame higher fuel costs just yet! You could be in need of furnace maintenance. If an efficiency problem is allowed to continue for too long, it can result in the original efficiency being unsalveable, and the Central experts will suggest furnace replacement.
- Soot– When black dirt and ash are appearing around your furnace, it means that your pilot flame is not burning correctly. Over time, a furnace in disrepair can damage the air quality in your home! You’ll start to see more dust than usual, your families’ allergies will start to act up, and you might even start to see your plants suffer as a result.
Don’t live with an aging, inefficient, and even unsafe system for another day. Call the furnace replacement specialists at Central for their 24 hour service today!