These three signs could mean your furnace is due for servicing.
Your furnace is a vital part of your home. Proper room temperature not only creates a comfortable environment, it can help alleviate other problems too. A home that is too hot can result in counter food spoiling faster as well as causing other appliances, such as fridges and freezers, to work harder. Harder working appliances not only increase your utility bills, they also wear out faster. A home that is too cold will not sustain certain house plants and fish without their own additional heating sources.
It becomes easy to take a furnace for granted as it simply runs in the background. However, should it suddenly fail, the absence of this unit will be immediately noticeable. If you know what signs to look for, you will be better prepared for a furnace replacement. A sudden furnace failure can leave you in the cold for possibly days before a replacement can arrive and be installed.
A properly functioning furnace is relatively quiet. If you start hearing noises that were not previously there, it could be a sign of upcoming furnace failure. As the furnace reaches approximately 15 years, pay close attention to these smaller details. The lifespan of the average furnace is 15-20 years. If your furnace is aging and becoming louder, has squeaking, clanging or banging that was not there before, you may need to budget for a furnace replacement.
Cool or Cold Air
The blower motor in your furnace is responsible for distributing the warmed air through your home. If the blower motor starts to fail, you will notice cool areas in your home or even an overall cooler environment. Your furnace will also work harder to bring your home up to the required temperature. For blower motor repairs, contact your furnace technician as soon as possible. They will advise you on if it is a fixable issue or if your furnace needs replacing. The cost of the repair combined with the age of your furnace will both play a factor in this type of decision.
The Colour of Your Flame
An important observation on your furnace is the colour of your furnace flame. The burner flame in your furnace should burn a blue colour. If yours is burning yellow then it is a sign that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odourless gas can be released undetected with fatal results. If you notice a yellow flame, leave your home immediately. Contact your utility company to shut off your gas as well as a furnace repair company to access your situation.
Furnaces are built to run without issues for a very long time. If you notice one or more issues, then it may be time to look into a new furnace. In the meantime, proper care and maintenance will go a long way into helping ensure that your furnace will last as long as possible.
One important step is regularly scheduled furnace cleaning. This will help keep both your furnace maintained and prevent it from having to work harder than it was intended to. A properly maintained furnace is a long lasting furnace. A long lasting furnace results in a comfortable home environment.