For the most part, your furnace plugs along, keeping your Shawnee home warm without a second thought. As your furnace ages, you may start to notice strange noises or smells coming from your furnace that could indicate that it is on its way out. By catching these signs early, you will be able to have Air Care Heating & Cooling upgrade your furnace so that it doesn’t quit on you on a bitterly cold day.
1. Running Louder Than Usual
All furnaces make noise to a certain extent. The sound of air moving through the ducts, gas moving through the burners, and switches turning the unit off and on are all sounds that you can expect to hear.
If you notice that your furnace starts making unusual noises or if the normal noises become especially loud, it may be time to have Air Care Heating & Cooling replace your furnace for you. If you notice that it’s hard to talk over the sound of your furnace when it’s operating, you can be sure that the failure of your furnace isn’t far behind.
2. A Burning Smell
A burning smell from your furnace, except for the first time you turn it on for the season, is always a cause for concern. A burning smell could indicate a problem with one of the electrical wires that provides power to your furnace’s mechanical components.
It could also mean that something in your furnace isn’t properly lubricated, meaning that extra friction is being created, resulting in the burning smell. No matter what is causing the smell, though, if you notice any type of burning or smokey smell coming from your furnace, it’s best to turn it off and wait for Air Care Heating & Cooling to take a look at it.
3. Furnace More 15 Years Old
Furnaces, as durable as they are, have a finite lifespan. On average, you can expect to get about 15 years out of a typical furnace from Air Care Heating & Cooling. Of course, if you properly maintain and care for your furnace, you will likely get more than 15 years of service from your furnace.
In any event, though, if your furnace is more than 15 years old, it may be time to start considering its replacement. If nothing else, the efficiency gains that have been realized over the last 15 years will make for significant improvements on your home’s utility bill.
4. Not Heating Correctly
A furnace that’s operating correctly should be able to heat your home in a fairly short period of time except on the coldest days. Therefore, if your furnace seems to be running constantly with little improvement in the comfort of your home, it could be a sign that it’s time for an upgrade from Air Care Heating & Cooling.
At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that countless issues could be behind the lack of heat coming from your furnace. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a technician from Air Care Heating & Cooling inspect your furnace to see if the problem is worth repairing.
5. Repairs Becoming More Expensive
Speaking of repairs, another great way to determine the viability of your furnace is to analyze the cost of repairs. To be sure, a few inexpensive repairs are totally worth the cost involved because they can help your furnace last for years longer than it would otherwise.
As the repairs pile up, though, you may soon realize that the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of purchasing a new unit and having it installed by Air Care Heating & Cooling. Of course, everyone has his or her own limit when it comes to repair costs, so you need to decide what that limit is for you so that you can begin saving for both the repairs and eventual replacement of your furnace.
6. Electrical Problems
If your furnace is showing signs of electrical problems by constantly tripping its circuit breaker, replacement could be on the horizon. Electrical problems of this magnitude usually indicate some type of major malfunction that isn’t economical to fix. Therefore, if your furnace trips the breaker more than once or twice, it’s important to have someone from Air Care Heating & Cooling stop by and look at it.
There to Help You Through
For over 35 years, Air Care Heating & Cooling has been helping people in Shawnee with their heating and cooling needs. Whether it’s HVAC repair, maintenance, or installation; indoor air quality testing and improvement; water heater installation and repair; or professional duct cleaning, we can do it all at Air Care Heating & Cooling.
Our thousands of clients can attest to the level of service that we bring to every job we do, which is why we consistently receive five-star reviews. If you think you may have a problem with your heating unit, give us a call at Air Care Heating & Cooling today.