Do you know your Furnace Warning Signs?

new-lennox-furnaceThere is nothing worse than a chilly Saturday night and the heater goes out. Whether you notice them or not, your furnace often times will send signals as it takes its last breath.

If your furnace starts to show any of these signs, it is time to get your community based contractor in ASAP.

1. The number 1 sign is a system that consistently breaks down. If you are replacing different parts of your furnace over a short period of time, you’d be better off thinking about a new system. With discounts and rebates these days, they have become more affordable to homeowners.

2. Your electricity bills have gotten out of control! Furnaces have a tendency to lose efficiency as they get older and the less efficient the system it is the more money it will cost you! Your furnace ends up running longer than newer systems to achieve the same level of comfort. Older systems can be maintained to help keep the costs at bay but if it isn’t maintained, it can make the problem worse.

3. If you smell a strong odor coming from your system, run, don’t walk to the phone and call your contractor! That can be a sign of a leak which can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home. That is extremely dangerous for you and your family.

4. The level comfort in your home is inconsistent. The older and less efficient your system becomes, the less it will be able to keep your home at a level and consistent temperature. If you notice cold and warm spots throughout your home, give your local contractor a call. They can provide you with all of your options.

5. If you notice dust accumulating in your home faster than usual that can be a sign that it is time to think about replacing your system. Older furnaces can lack the ability to properly filter the air in your home.

6. Crack, Snapple Pop! If you hear any kind of bang, pop, sizzle, rattling or screeching from your system, call your technician! Older system have a tendency to create strange noises as they are on their last legs. Don’t ignore these sounds!

If you are thinking about replacing your HVAC system, please call your local contractor. New system installations require testing, sizing and measuring and your contractor will provide you with the best options to fit your home!