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Furnace replacement can be costly, and for this reason many homeowners push off replacing their old furnace until it stops working altogether. However, when you have your old furnace replaced at the beginning of the season, you can enjoy the benefits of a brand-new forced air heating system all winter long, and avoid spending hours or even days waiting for a new furnace when the old one finally kicks the bucket. Look for these four indications that you may need a visit from Comfort Control, Inc. soon.
Higher Power Bills
Electric bills are almost inevitably higher in the winter than in the summertime, but you should expect your bill for each month to be close to what it was last year around the same time. If your bills are substantially higher than they were two or three years ago, you may need to replace your furnace. Furnaces lose efficiency (even if they weren’t very efficient to start with) toward the end of their lifespan. Planning to get a new furnace will not only save you the trouble of an emergency furnace replacement, it will also save you a chunk on your power bills.
Difficult Thermostat Control
As furnaces lose energy efficiency, they also lose distribution efficiency as they get older. Your heating system is probably near the end of its life if it has trouble distributing warm air to certain parts of the house, and heats other rooms up too much. You may also find that the temperature in your house is always too hot or too cold, and never just right. If replacing the thermostat doesn’t fix the problem, give Comfort Control, Inc. a call before you are left with no heat at all in the middle of a subzero night.
Dry and Dusty Air
Older furnaces lack the ability to properly clean and moisturize the air they distribute. This leads to dry and dusty air in your home, which can cause dry, itchy skin, a cough or sore throat, or stuffy noses among the members of your household. A new furnace will clean and moisturize your air, and do it better than the old one did when it was new. Keeping a clean filter in your ductwork may help if you are experiencing this problem, but if it doesn’t, your old furnace is likely the culprit.
Carbon Monoxide Leak
If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, your dinosaur of a gas furnace could be leaking harmful carbon monoxide without your knowledge. The most common signs of a carbon monoxide leak are found within your own family. If you experience frequent headaches, unexplained nausea, burning in your eyes and nose, or other cold- or flu-like symptoms that you can’t alleviate with the use of OTC medication, you could have a carbon monoxide leak. Get out and call Comfort Control, Inc. to replace your furnace immediately. Other signs of a carbon monoxide leak include a lot of flue pipe rusting, streaks of soot around the furnace, water leaking from the chimney or flue, or a yellow or flickering gas flame.