Is the clock ticking on your furnace?

Is the clock ticking on your furnace?

If your furnace is showing these warning signs, it may mean it is on its way to failing – not an exciting prospect when the winter isn’t quite over. Knowing and recognizing the signs can help you make a better decision about when to replace it, so you have everything in place for a safe and warm winter. 

Warning Signs of a Failing Furnace 

Strange or Loud Noises. If you are hearing rattling, banging or popping noises, or if the furnace blower sounds like it is squealing or running too often, you likely need repairs, if not a replacement. 

A Decrease in Efficiency. If you notice your heating bills are going up, but that your thermostat is staying consistent, it could mean you are losing furnace efficiency, a sign of a downhill decline. 

Maintenance is High. If you find you are doing more repairs, or more frequent repairs than in the past, it is possible your furnace is towards the end of its life cycle. Your HVAC technician should be able to advice you on the age and condition of your unit as well as the cost of repairs versus replacement. 

Carbon Monoxide Leaks. When your pilot flame is inconsistent or yellow, you notice soot or rust, it is possible you are leaking carbon monoxide. In Colorado, CO detectors are the law and should alert you before this is a significant health hazard. If it has sounded, determine the location of the leak, and if it’s the furnace, have it replaced. 

Should I Replace My Furnace at the End of Winter? 

People often ask why they should replace their furnace at the end of winter, rather than waiting until they will use it again. Here’s why I encourage it: 

In Colorado, you just never know. Sometimes winter drags itself out into May, other times it starts as early as September. Waiting could mean that in a surprise cold snap, you don’t have heat, or are on a long waiting list with others who need their furnace repaired when the demand becomes unusually high. 

Tax season. For many people, tax season means a large refund and that usually is the time when larger purchases are made. Sunshine offers financing options, but saving usually come in being able to make a larger down payment, or to just pay cash outright. Consider using your tax refund, paired with end of season discounts and rebates to get the most bang for your buck on your new furnace – remember, you will likely not need to replace it again for another 10-20 years – so it’s a great investment! 

Rebates. Take advantage of end of year savings and rebates by upgrading your furnace at the end of winter, rather than waiting for the following one. Everything in commerce has to do with supply and demand, so take advantage of the seasonal dip, and buy early. 

Proactive vs. Reactive. When we make reactive decisions, we often make less informed choices. By being proactive, you have the ability to shop around and get the best solution for your needs. This could mean better efficiency, more state of the art, or even a longer lasting unit. Being proactive also includes having a yearly tune and clean of your furnace, and staying on top of filter changes. 

Sunshine Plumbing Heating Air is here to help with your furnace repairs and offer you solutions in the case of a furnace replacement. Our Sunshine Club helps you save money, receive priority service and includes proactive maintenance care. Call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment at 303-459-5469. 

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