Temperatures continue to drop as winter rolls in, and keeping warm is a top priority. In order to heat your house efficiently, it is important to maintain your furnace. However, all furnaces eventually reach a point when they are beyond repair. Knowing the right time to buy a replacement can prevent you from spending a lot of money prematurely. Here are some tips.
Your Energy Bills Are Going Up
One of the biggest incentives of replacing your furnace is that new technology has the benefit of better energy efficiency. Your current furnace might be running on old technology that increases the cost of your monthly bill. Upon replacement, your new furnace will be able to use less energy to create the same amount of heat.
The Furnace is Old
Most furnaces in homes today last anywhere between 15 and 20 years. If your furnace is approaching that age range or is already past it, it is recommended to start shopping around for a new one. In this case, it is better to buy a furnace before it breaks down and causes you to make an emergency purchase.
Strange Noises and Poisonous Gases
As they get old, furnaces tend to produce strange sounds. If you hear any screeches, pops, bangs, or the sound of it turning off and on frequently, it could be time for a replacement. Additionally, as furnaces age, certain parts can crack and release carbon monoxide into your house. This can be harmful to your health, and it is recommended to have it looked at immediately. Signs that this is happening include the presence of a yellow burner flame in place of a normal blue one, and lack of an upward draft in your chimney, among others.
Since 1949, Estes Services has been proudly providing heating and air conditioning services to the community of Atlanta and the surrounding areas. We specialize in a wide range of HVAC services for both residential and commercial properties. Call us at (404) 361-6560, or visit our website for more information.