Winter weather is no joke. And your furnace is the most essential piece of equipment when it comes to keeping your home warm and comfortable all winter long. So if you’re noticing any of the following warning signs, it might be time to replace your furnace.
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1- Heat Isn’t Warm Enough
This is the most obvious sign that your furnace needs to be replaced. If you notice that your heat isn’t as warm as it usually is or if some regions of your home seem colder than others, this could mean several different things. But if it’s been a few years since you last had a professional checkup on your furnace, now is a great time to give your home’s heating system a once-over.
2- Old Furnace is Noisier Than Usual
If your furnace is making more noise than usual, it could be a sign that it’s on its last legs. If the motor is starting to wear down, it can cause the furnace to make a lot of noise. So if you’re hearing strange noises coming from your furnace, it might be time to contact a professional for advice. Your furnace might need a tune-up, or it might be time for a replacement furnace.
3- Furnace is Blowing Cold Air
If your furnace is blowing out cold air, it could be for one of two reasons. Either you need to change the setting, or your furnace needs to be replaced. Make sure that you’re not mistakenly turning off the heat at night when you’re supposed to keep it on (and vice versa). If you turn down your thermostat and notice that your furnace is still blowing out cold air, it might be time to call in a professional.
4- Leaking Gas
If you smell gas, don’t wait. You must turn off your furnace and open doors and windows immediately. Call your local utility company and the fire department as soon as possible. Don’t try to fix anything yourself – call a professional instead.
5- Furnace Turns On and Off Frequently
If your furnace is constantly turning on and off, it’s probably a sign that it’s no longer working efficiently. Several things can cause this, but it’s usually a sign that the furnace needs a tune-up. It might also be a sign that your furnace is near the end of its life – it’s not worth taking chances with something that could cause a house fire or other emergency.
6- Hot Exhaust
If the exhaust from your furnace is hot to the touch, it’s a sign that the furnace is working too hard. Several different things can cause this, but it usually means that the furnace needs to be replaced.
7- Burning More Fuel Than Usual
If you’re noticing that your furnace is using more fuel than it usually does, it might be a sign that the furnace is on its last legs. If the furnace isn’t working efficiently, it will use more fuel to generate enough heat. So if you see an increase in your monthly energy bills, it’s worth checking to see if your furnace is the culprit.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s time to replace your furnace. Contact a local HVAC professional for advice and installation. And be sure to keep your family safe by having a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.