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Furnace Replacements and Repairs ~ Age and Other Factors to Be Aware Of

Many people think of their furnaces as robust appliances. However, at some point, furnaces need to be replaced. This is because they are not designed to last forever, despite most homeowners' hopes. The following are a few indicators that replacing your furnace might be in the near future. 

Age

If your furnace is several years old, it may be time to replace it even if it seems to be performing. This is because the age of the furnace can impact its efficiency. This could be costing you more in energy bills. Older furnaces are not as energy efficient as new ones. It may be sensible to replace your furnace if it is old because you can recoup some of the money of your investment by saving on energy bills. You can also save money on repairs that you may be forced to make if you keep your older furnace.

Allergies

Dust accumulation in furnaces can cause allergies to exacerbate. If your furnace is no longer able to clean and moisturize the air, your allergies will get worse. This is something that can happen when furnaces age. It can also be a sign that a home furnace repair is needed.

Noises

Strange noises when using your furnace are not always the sign of a furnace on the brink of permanent breakdown. For example, sometimes critters enter the ductwork of homes, and they can also create noise when the furnace is used. The best way to determine why you are hearing strange noises is to use an HVAC contractor as a resource.

Inconsistent Heating

Perhaps you find yourself constantly adjusting your thermostat. You may have also noticed that some areas of your home are warmer than others. You might have an insulation issue. However, it is also possible that your furnace is slowly deteriorating, and its efficiency is impacting how capable it is of warming your home.

Pilot Light Color

Paying attention to your pilot light can be beneficial to your safety and determining whether you need a new furnace or furnace repairs. The flame should be blue or blue with a yellow-tinged flame. If you notice that your pilot light's flame is orange or yellow, it is indicative of a possible furnace failure that can be dangerous. The difference in the color means that the oxygen and gas exchange in a furnace are not occurring correctly. This is an issue that should be referred to an HVAC contractor immediately. 


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