Understanding the Time for a New Furnace Installation
Atlanta, Georgia – The cold winter months are fast approaching. Is your furnace ready to face the cold?
“Before the coldest months set in, be sure your family will be comfortable all winter long by having your furnace inspected by a licensed technician,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, an Atlanta heater repair company. “The average life expectancy of a furnace is typically 20 years. If your unit is approaching that age, or if it is older than that, it might be time to consider a new furnace installation.”
If your furnace is reaching the end of its life, begin shopping before it fails. This will allow you plenty of time to properly research in order to make the best purchase decision. Being able to plan the purchase will also allow you to properly budget.
In addition to the age of your unit, another thing to pay close attention to is your utility bills. As furnaces age, they begin to lose efficiency, which means your furnace may be running, but not providing the same amount of heat. Your utility bills will then increase. You may be calling your Atlanta heater repair technician to correct a problem that will best be fixed by purchasing a new unit.
Have you had heating and cooling repair in the last few years? Your HVAC unit is like a car and needs to be properly serviced in order to run properly. In the last two years of its life, a furnace may break down frequently. If you have been calling for repairs more frequently in the last two years, it may be time to consider replacing it. It’s also important to keep in mind that the older a furnace is, the harder it will be to find replacement parts for it.
Inspect your burner flame. Is it burning yellow instead of blue? A yellow flame may indicate that deadly carbon monoxide is being released into your home. Look for other signs of carbon monoxide leaks by looking for streaks of soot around the furnace, excess moisture around windows and walls, rusting on flue pipes, and an absence of an upward draft in your chimney.
If your furnace has begun making strange noises, it may be nearing the end of its life. Popping, rattling, banging and squealing noises may be a sign your unit is going to fail soon. Call a licensed technician right away to inspect the unit.
One final sign to pay attention to is if your home has been drier and dustier than usual. Older furnaces lack the ability to both moisturize and clean the air in your home. Dust accumulation and static shocks, along with family members who experience frequent allergy symptoms may be indications your unit is too old to properly function.
“If at any time, you’re concerned about your furnace’s performance, call our licensed technicians for an appointment,” says Montgomery. “We are on call 24 hours a day to ensure your family is always comfortable.”