February 2, 2018

Warning Signs You Need a New Furnace

During the cold seasons, your furnace works daily for about half of the year. It is essential to have a furnace that operates efficiently to ensure your home is both warm and safe when the temperature gets chilly.

At some point, your furnace will lose its efficiency and will require a replacement. If your unit has been serving you and your family for the past 15 years or more, you need to consider shopping for a new unit.

To help you confirm that you need a new furnace, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We are a leading heating company in Bloomington, IL that possesses the experience, expertise, and equipment to help you make a wise decision.

Here are a few things to look into when deciding to replace your heating system.

The Age of Your Furnace

On the average, a properly maintained furnace can last up to 15 years or more. If your unit is past its 15-year mark and beginning to show a decline in performance such as maintenance issues, there is a huge possibility it will need to be replaced. Even if it is still working, it no longer operates at maximum efficiency which results in higher heating costs.

Typically, the older the furnace, the more maintenance it needs. When a furnace is nearing the end of its life, it breaks down frequently, causing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Heating Costs and Furnace Repairs

It is typical for an old furnace to work harder in order to provide the heating levels it did when it was new and more efficient. This extra burden on the unit means higher energy bills and more frequent repairs. Depending on the frequency of repairs, these costs, when added up, can be almost as much as the cost of a new furnace.

If you notice a steady rise in your utility bills without a comparable increase in use, consider replacing your furnace. The amount of money you save in the long run can help you pay for a new, more efficient heating system.

Hot and Cold Spots

If you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat because you feel that some rooms are warmer than others, you may need to look into getting your furnace replaced. That’s because older furnaces are unable to properly distribute the heated air throughout the home.

Dry and Dusty Air

If you have a family member who suffers from allergies caused by airborne dust, pollen, mold or viruses, it means that you have a poor indoor air quality. Old furnaces are unable to moisturize and clean the air in your home that not just triggers allergies but also affects other body organs such as the throat, nose and even the lungs. It can also cause too much dryness, damaging the walls, wood flooring, furniture, and plants in your home. If you notice plants starting to wilt, or family members are experiencing dry eyes and itchy throats, or headaches, it may be time to get a new furnace.

Yellow Burner Flame

A furnace that works in good condition should have a solid, blue flame with a small yellow tip at the flame’s inner core. If you notice the flame is completely yellow, it means that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide, a potentially dangerous gas.

Having carbon monoxide detectors installed all over your home can help you detect this gas because it is both odorless and colorless.

Too Much Furnace Noise

It is quite normal for a furnace to produce sound while it is running, but if the sound starts to get considerably louder, your unit may need replacing. These noises reveal problems in certain parts of your furnace. For example, if you hear popping sounds, it may be because of a delayed rough ignition due to dirty burners or a loose or dirty filter getting pulled against its frame, or a loose blower door.  If you hear a rattling noise, it may be due to unsecured ductwork, loose screws or sheet metal. It may also mean the blower motor is not properly balanced.

Get Help From the Heating Experts

Furnace replacement offers a lot of benefits. First, it gives you convenience. Fewer repairs mean fewer visits from technicians.

Secondly, you’ll enjoy having lower utility bills. Heating and cooling usually account for more than half of your energy costs, 30 percent of it goes toward heating. A new furnace, when properly installed is more energy efficient, using less fuel and has a lower carbon footprint.

Finally, having a brand new furnace installed gives you peace of mind. A qualified technician will ensure your unit runs efficiently and safely, allowing it to operate according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning for assistance on your Bloomington furnace installation, repair, or maintenance.