As we enter September and the blistering heat of the summer slowly begins to dissipate, now is an excellent time to be thinking about your furnace. t’s time to take a look at the condition of your furnace. You’ll need a furnace that is properly maintained to make it through the unpredictable Western Pennsylvania fall and winter seasons. . However, there may be problems lurking within your heating system that can lead to a total breakdown.
Avoid major HVAC issues this season. Keep your eyes peeled for the 5 signs it’s time for a new furnace.
Rising Energy Costs
Over time, your furnace will need to run longer than it used to just to produce the same comfort levels. Furnaces that have been in operation for more than 15 years start to suffer from this kind of problem. If you have maintained your furnace properly yet see continuous rises in energy bills, you are probably spending more money than is necessary. Ask a Reliable technician to give your system a full inspection.
Slipping Comfort Levels
Furnaces that have reached their expiration date tend to slip on performance dramatically: You may discover cool air blowing through your home during the winter. The furnace’s air cleaning and processing functions may have lost their use.
If you’ve had your home performance audit and your furnace’s parts checked but your HVAC still can’t keep up with your demands, it’s likely time for full furnace replacement.
Danger of Carbon Monoxide Leaking
Homeowners who are unaware of a broken carbon monoxide detector may be faced with the possibility of small amounts of the odorless, colorless gas leaking into their home. A study conducted by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services found one-quarter of carbon monoxide deaths were related to furnaces and other heating systems.
Stuffy air, high levels of soot and black streaks near vents and a yellow flame (rather than a blue flame) are all signs that carbon monoxide levels have become dangerously high. Double-check your CO detector and contact an HVAC specialist immediately if you encounter any of these signs.
An Increase in Illnesses Among Family Members
Family members exposed to higher levels of carbon monoxide can/will experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches and a feeling of nausea. However, other illnesses may reflect a poorly functioning heating system, as well. Extra dust in the air, as well as excessively dry conditions often hint at a furnace with a lackluster operation.
In this situation, anyone suffering from respiratory issues or allergies will encounter a great deal of discomfort. Often times, our trained HVAC technicians are able to make the necessary repairs. However, if your furnace has a cracked heat exchanger, replacing the unit is the only way to solve the problem indefinitely.
Even if your furnace has been checked in the past year, the malfunctions of old machinery may begin to pile up. Furnaces have a limit, and even though they still omit heat. It can be unsafe and unwise to keep your unit running past its usable life span which is (on average) 15 to 18 years . Some builder grade furnaces can fail is as little as 10 years.
Spurk HVAC’s expert technicians can give you a clear assessment of the state of your HVAC system. Once we confirm there are no pressing dangers for your family, we can offer solutions and run down the pros and cons of replacing your furnace.
About Spurk HVAC
Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, Sewickley and the surrounding areas. We are an American Standard Customer Care Dealer and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor. We service all makes and models. Please contact us if you are seeking air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, heating repair, heating system replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.