Unlike other home appliances or equipment that will instantly break, your home furnace will not fail in a glimpse. Instead, it will give you subtle signs of failure that if left unchecked will eventually lead to total furnace breakdown. So, it is very important to be vigilant to the signals your furnace is showing.
We compiled the most common and important warning signs that tell your furnace might be failing so you can have it tuned up (if it’s not too late) or replaced (if need be) so you won’t be left in the cold in an unexpected time.
1. Odd Furnace Conditions
Dirty Furnace and Registers
You might see gunks and even flame burns around your furnace which might be an indication of too much CO2, as well as dust and dirt coming out from your old furnace’s registers. Aside from the obvious harmful effects of polluted air in everyone’s health. Elevated CO2 can also cause excessive dryness that can affect your walls, flooring, furniture, and plants, as well as health issues like dry eyes, itchy throat, and headache.
Yellow Burner Flame
If you are seeing a yellow or yellow-orange burner flame and not the common blue color, it means that your burner is not burning clean, or worse, it’s generating carbon monoxide that is potentially dangerous for your home.
2. Strange Noises
Your furnace makes a sound that is maybe already familiar to you. If you noticed unfamiliar or strange sounds coming from your furnace that’s progressively louder than normal, more often than not, there is something wrong in your unit and it might need replacement, or at least some parts of it, depending on the sound it produces.
Rattling: Unsecured ductwork, loose screws or sheet metal, or unbalanced lower motor
Loud Humming: Inducer motor or blower fan motor failure
Screeching or Squealing: Blower motor or inducer motor problems like loose bearing, deteriorating belt, or pulley issues
If you find yourself with an inducer motor of blower motor issue but still unsure of what actions to take next, we have more comprehensive articles that will walk you through troubleshooting these motor problems: Furnace Inducer Motor Common Problems And How To Fix It; Furnace Blower Motor Troubleshooting and Replacement Guide
An old furnace coupled with an outdated duct system can result to heat not evenly distributed throughout the house making some rooms being colder or warmer than others.
If you have a newer furnace, better have your duct system checked or updated so you will have the same amount of comfort wherever you are in your home.
4. Frequent Repairs
It is normal to have some parts in your furnace replaced from time to time but when you notice that the repairs and part replacements are coming closer than usual, it is probably a sign that your furnace is slowly breaking down and needs replacement. Also, if you are spending repair that costs more than 15 percent of the price of a new furnace, you might consider replacing your furnace before it rips you off with recurring repair costs and just breaks down immediately.
5. Increasing Utility Bills
You might notice a noticeable and significant increase on your electricity bill and this may be caused by your furnace’s diminishing efficiency- which means it takes longer and more energy than usual for your furnace to heat your home than when it was new.
If your furnace is less than ten years old and there’s little to no maintenance issues going on, you might not need replacement but just a thermostat update, furnace tune up or a duct clean-up.
Check out our high-quality thermostat selection for improved furnace efficiency.
6. Old Furnace
According to ENERGY STAR, a furnace’s average product lifespan is 18-20 years. However, without proper care and maintenance, you might be looking at just 10. On the other hand, if it is well taken care of, it can reach up to 25 years.
If your furnace is nearing the end of its service life, you might consider replacing it even without the above mentioned warning signs because it is most likely already not operating at maximum efficiency and thus result in higher utility bills.
Also, sooner or later, you will begin to incur costly maintenance issues to the point where it would be just better off to purchase a new one. Newer furnaces are generally engineered to work more efficiently than the old models thus your investment will just add up to energy savings in the long run.
Take note that one sign may not solely be enough to replace your furnace, sometimes your furnace might just need a tune-up, check out this blog to know why it’s important to have your furnace tuned up regularly. On some occasions, only one part might just need repair or replacement. If that’s the case, ACEHVACPARTS has a comprehensive selection of premium furnace parts and supplies from industry-leading brands that you might need to have your furnace operate in top-shape again.
If you notice a couple of signs mentioned above apply to your furnace, then it is time to let your existing furnace go and purchase a new one. We offer energy-efficient and environment-friendly furnaces that you can rely on for years to come!
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