Can Your Heating System Handle Another Winter

Fall is in the air and winter will be here before you know it. Now is the time to take an objective look at your furnace to see if it can survive another heating season. While furnaces are built to last many years and perform well under the pressure of a cold season, they do not last forever. There are a few ways to help determine if you need a new high-efficiency unit such as a new Carrier furnace.

The first thing to consider is the age of your furnace. If your unit is approaching 15 or 20 years of age it may be time to start looking into a new one. While most are very capable of reaching that age and older, it is much easier to shop for a new one and have it installed before it breaks down. In the dead of winter is not the best time to try replacing your furnace and it could be a few days before it can be installed.

Your family’s health is important to you and an aging furnace is sometimes the culprit if your family begins to feel ill once the heating season begins. Carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless and deadly. A cracked flue in the heat exchanger in your furnace could be releasing it into the air and distributing it through your house. If you feel nausea or a burning sensation in your nose or eyes or experience systems similar to the flu, you will want your furnace checked by a technician to ensure it is safe to use.

If you have been keeping an eye on your utility bills and notice they have been going up it may be time to look into a new furnace. Most furnaces will be less efficient as they get older and will have to work harder to provide the same amount of heat.

Furnace repairs can be expensive, especially on some of the older models and if you find yourself paying out a few hundred dollars every year for repairs a new furnace may be in order. The older the furnace the harder it may be to get parts and it might take a few days for the parts to arrive, leaving you without heat until they do.

Another sign of a furnace that may be on its last legs is if your home seems to be too hot or too cold no matter what the thermostat is set on. While it could be a thermostat problem with an older furnace it may also be that it is unable to properly distribute the heat throughout the house to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Take a look at the flame on a gas furnace to ensure it is burning pure blue. Older furnaces that do not burn gas efficiently can produce deadly carbon monoxide gas. Some of the signs of inefficient burning include a yellow flame or a flickering flame and a build-up of soot around the flue.

Older furnaces may not be as efficient as a new Carrier furnaceand if your unit seems to run more frequent than you think it should you may want to have a furnace technician take a look at it. If your blower turns on a lot and sometimes only blows cold air, it can be sign that you furnace is near the end of its useful life.

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