Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair or Replacement

As Winter approaches, look for the signs that you may need a furnace repair or replacement.

Age of the Furnace:

Furnaces typically have a lifespan of 15-20 years. If your furnace is approaching or surpassing this age range, it may be more prone to breakdowns and inefficiencies, signaling that it’s time to consider a replacement.

Increased Energy Bills:

A sudden spike in energy bills without a corresponding increase in usage may suggest that your furnace is no longer operating efficiently. This could be due to worn-out components, decreased efficiency, or an aging system.

Inconsistent Heating:

Uneven heating throughout your home could be a sign of a failing furnace. If some rooms are consistently colder than others, it may indicate issues with the distribution system, thermostat, or the furnace itself.

Strange Noises:

Unusual sounds like banging, popping, rattling, or squealing could be indicative of various problems within the furnace. These noises may result from issues with the blower motor, ignition, or other internal components.

Frequent Repairs:

If you find yourself calling for repairs frequently, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to invest in a new furnace. Persistent issues can be a sign that your current system is reaching the end of its useful life.

Yellow Pilot Light:

The pilot light on a gas furnace should burn blue. If it appears yellow, it may indicate the presence of carbon monoxide. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention and may necessitate furnace replacement for safety reasons.

Visible Signs of Rust or Cracks:

Examine the exterior of your furnace for signs of rust, cracks, or corrosion. These issues can compromise the structural integrity and efficiency of the furnace, potentially leading to safety hazards.

Frequent Cycling:

If your furnace turns on and off frequently (short cycling), it may be a sign of a malfunctioning thermostat, clogged air filter, or an issue with the system’s capacity. This can reduce energy efficiency and strain the furnace components.

Yellow or Flickering Flame:

 In a gas furnace, the flame should be a steady blue. A yellow or flickering flame may indicate a problem with the burner, which can affect efficiency and safety.

Lack of Maintenance:

If the furnace has not been properly maintained, it is more likely to experience problems. Regular maintenance is essential for keeping the system running smoothly and extending its lifespan.

If you notice any of these signs, call Meldon HVAC at 765-568-9459. We can perform a thorough inspection, diagnose the issues, and provide recommendations for repair or replacement based on the condition of your furnace.

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