You should never question your ability to stay warm and cozy within your own home. To ensure this happens, you want to make sure that your furnace system can stand up to whatever temperatures Mother Nature throws at us. The best way to prevent furnace problems is to commit to yearly maintenance checks, preferably before the cold weather hits. When something does go wrong with your furnace, you’ll have to assess if repair or replacement is your best option. This depends on a variety of factors.
Age of Your System
Even with proper maintenance your furnace will begin to fail with age. On average, the lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years, which can vary depending on the model and proper maintenance. If you’ve already needed repairs, and if your appliance is getting older, it may be time to replace it. Even if your system is still working, the efficiency can drop significantly. This can lead to higher energy bills.
Your heating system should operate quietly. If you notice a lot of noise, such as clanging or banging, this can often be a warning sign that there is an issue in the furnace. It is important to have this assessed quickly to ensure the problem doesn’t get worse.
Pilot Flame Color
Keeping an eye on your pilot flame can give you an idea of how your system is performing. The pilot flame should be a vibrant, bright blue. If the flame is yellow, the gas entering the system isn’t getting burned off. If it is weak or wavy, the gas within the system isn’t being burned out. This could also be a sign of improper ventilation.
Stay Warm This Winter
Your home should always be a place of comfort. If you notice that your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it should, it may be time to replace it. If you are unsure, the experts at D. Rohde Heating and Plumbing can help. Contact us with any questions or concerns involving your heating system.