How to Tell If Your Furnace is Breaking Down

With temperatures dropping down below freezing earlier than usual this year, you might be paying attention to your furnace’s performance. Like any other appliance, furnaces have a lifespan, and eventually they’ll start needing more maintenance or just break down completely. If you’re having second thoughts about whether or not your furnace is working properly, chances are you have a pretty good reason. Take a look at these tell-tale signs of furnace breakdown to know if you need to give the HVAC specialists a call.

It’s Getting Old

The typical lifespan of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. If it has a pilot light, it’s definitely past its life expectancy. Old furnaces need to be replaced for a number of reasons. For one, they won’t last much longer, and you’d probably rather buy one you want rather than get stuck buying what you can get at the last minute. Also, they can be dangerous and ineffective at doing their job without wasting energy. As they age, furnaces can develop cracks inside them that can leak carbon monoxide. If you know your furnace is old, start thinking about getting it replaced, or at least inspected.

Your Gas and Electric Bill is Going Up

Since furnaces lose their efficiency as they age, they could make your bill go up each month. It’s having to run longer to provide the same amount of heat as a newer one could in less time. That extra money you’re spending on your bill could be going to buying yourself a new furnace.

It’s Had a Repair in the Last Couple Years

Furnaces tend to have the most breakdowns in the last couple years before they die. If yours has had one recently, the dying process has likely begun. Also, the older it is, the harder replacement parts can be to find for heating repair. When it comes to struggling to find the parts, you should replace your furnace.

Your Rooms Aren’t Evenly Comfortable

Are some of your rooms too hot and others too cold? This is a sign that your furnace isn’t capable of evenly distributing air. If the rooms you spend the most time in happen to be the cooler ones, you’ll end up spending more energy than necessary to compensate for the air loss.

Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises

Do you hear banging, popping, rattling, or squeaking when your furnace comes on? Or is the blower running excessively? Especially if it sometimes blows cold air, your furnace needs to be replaced soon.

Your Burner Flame is Yellow

Since the flame should be blue, obviously this is a sign something isn’t right. Possibly this is a sign that carbon monoxide could be leaking into your home. Other signs include excessive and unexplained moisture on windows, walls, and other cold surfaces. Also, consider how you’ve been feeling lately. Are you and others in the house experiencing headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, or a burning sensation in the nose or eyes? These are common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t ignore this signs and get your furnace checked out immediately.

 

HVAC Specialists in Murfreesboro

Even if your furnace isn’t old, it could show signs of some of these common issues. If you notice any of these warning signs, do not hesitate to have your furnace inspected and seriously consider getting your furnace replaced. Give our team at Hatton’s HVAC a call with any heating concerns you have this winter.