Having a working furnace during the winter is a must. The extremely low temps that we often see in the Northeast are tough to fight against. If your furnace has been acting up lately, you may be wondering at what point you should replace your older furnace for a new, efficient one. NY NJ AC Connection is here to share some of the warning signs that indicate you need to replace your old furnace rather than repair it again.
You can tell a lot from the age of your furnace. Most furnaces need to be replaced if they are older than 15 years old. That is about how long you can plan on your average furnace lasting. When you have reached that threshold, your furnace is likely inefficient and costing you more money to run it that a newer one would. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it’s time to throw in the towel and replace it.
Energy Cost Increase
As stated above, as your furnace ages, it will become less efficient. It is definitely expected to see slight raises in your energy bill, but you shouldn’t see much more than that. If there is any indication that your energy bill is seeing steep increases, it could definitely be caused by a furnace that is working way too hard to heat your home.
Uneven Heat Distribution in House
Are there some areas in your home that seem stifling when the heat is one while others are cold? This is a pretty decent indicator that your furnace is on its last leg. Your old furnace as well as your old duct system could be having a hard time properly distributing the warm air throughout the house.
Furnace Making a Rattling Sound or Other Unusual Noise
You can count on your furnace making a decent amount of noise during operation, but if you notice that your furnace is all of a sudden making much louder, and even odd noises, it could be indicative of an issue. The sounds may range from rattling, popping screeching or even humming. The causes of such noises varies as well. From loose ductwork to a blower motor issues, all of which should be checked out by a professional.
Black Soot Coming from Heating Vents
As your furnace blows warm air throughout the ductwork in your home, there is dust, rust and dirt particles that are sure to be stirred up as well. When these particles start to become a problem and accumulate around the registers, it can be a health concern as well as a furnace concern. It is all a sign that your furnace has too much CO2 and it may be time to replace it with a new one.
Furnace Troubleshooting, Repair, Maintenance, Replacement & More in Manhattan, New York
If your furnace is acting up and is older, it may be time to consider a new one. At NY NJ AC Connection, we can inspect your furnace and either repair it or replace it depending on our findings. Call us today!