Did you know that half of all American homes are now heated using forced air? Forced air heating systems are efficient, quiet, affordable and long-lasting. However, just like other types of heating systems, your furnace will eventually need a replacement.
Our forced air furnace installation company is here to help North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Boston area homeowners install new, energy efficient and certified furnaces from American Standard. Not sure whether or not you need a furnace replacement this fall? Here are a few signs that your existing system is on the fritz.
5 Signs Your Furnace is Failing
- It’s just plain old. Sure, you may be bragging to your friends and family members that your 23 year old furnace is still kicking, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Old furnaces are a home hazard; they are a major cause of household fires (right up there with old dryer machines) and they will no longer efficiently heat your house. Forced air furnaces should be replaced every 15-20 years depending on how consistent the maintenance service was.
- Pilot light is yellow. If your furnace is working properly, the flame of your gas-powered furnace should be burning a consistently deep blue — which is the natural color of a flame that’s being given enough oxygen to burn. After checking your pilot light and you notice that the color is yellow, this means that the oxygen is being restricted. Worse, a yellow flame could indicate a slow carbon monoxide leak from the heat exchangers. This warrants professional attention ASAP!
- Blowing cold air. Obviously when a furnace is installed we expect it to blow warm air and push this through the HVAC vents throughout the house. However, older furnaces may begin to blow cold air instead. This is caused by a broken blower fan; the fan is responsible for pushing the hot air to all the rooms of the house. There could be other causes of cold air blowing, but an accurate diagnosis should be made by a professional heating company.
- Weird noises from the system. Your children may think the house is haunted and they’re hearing ghosts, but in reality those banging, rattling, popping noises are just signs that your furnace is on it’s last leg. Most of the time this just requires furnace maintenance and repair work. However if our professionals here at Air Conditioning Mass find that there’s a major issue with the system, we will recommend a furnace replacement to save you from a more expensive repair down the road.
- Higher than normal heating bills. We understand that in the dead of winter in eastern Massachusetts that the bills are going to be pretty high. However, if you start seeing a astronomical increase in your monthly gas bill, it’s safe to assume that there’s something wrong with your gas burner. Gas, as you know, is a cheap resource, so if there’s a major spike in the monthly bill it’s time to call a professional heating technician over.
Although it’s still warm out, our heating company in North Andover recommends turning on your gas furnace briefly in order to give it a test run. If you notice any of these problems, contact our heating professionals for a furnace inspection and service!