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Frequent Furnace Problems Could Indicate Your Need for a New Heating System

Indoor Air QualityHow many people resolve to lose a few pounds each year? Losing weight is often a smart health decision. However, this could also be the year to complete some home projects you have been putting off. It could be time to deal with your furnace problems once and for all.

No one wants to spend more money on home repairs than they need to, so how do you know if the furnace problems you’ve been experiencing require a maintenance visit or signal your need for a new furnace? Here are some diagnostic clues:

1. Lifespan
The buyer’s go-to resource Consumer Reports suggests that a gas furnace can be expected to perform well for about 18 years. The government’s Energy Star website recommends furnace replacement after 15 years. If your furnace is in this age range, it may be time for a new one.

2. Problems
If you’ve been experiencing more furnace problems than ever before, it might be more cost-effective to simply replace the furnace. Furnaces usually malfunction most frequently during the final two years of service. Breakdowns could be a sign of the end.

3. Noises
A furnace that makes a lot of noise or that kicks on and off frequently is telling you something. This is a sign that the furnace isn’t functioning properly and it may be time for a new furnace.

4. Costs
If frequent repairs are a sign of impending doom, so too are sudden spikes in energy usage. If your utility bills have inexplicably shot through the roof, have a professional check your furnace and your ductwork. If monthly costs still soar, your furnace has possibly worn out and a new one could bring energy consumption back down to earth.

5. Color
Is the flame inside the furnace blue or yellow? A blue flame is what you want. A yellow flame might indicate escaping deadly carbon monoxide. Excess humidity on hard surfaces, rusting pipes or an accumulation of soot near the base of the furnace could also indicate the presence of odorless, tasteless but dangerous carbon monoxide.

These are all clues that the working life of your furnace may be coming to a close. You don’t want to buy before you need to, but toward the end of your furnace’s life, it can actually be more cost effective to replace than to continue paying for repairs or high energy bills. If carbon monoxide is an issue, then replacement is pretty much a must.

At E & Q Heating & Cooling we have over three decades of experience diagnosing home heating units just like yours. Our trained staff can tell you whether repair and maintenance could extend the life of your furnace or whether you’d be better off replacing your current furnace with a new more energy efficient model.

Call us and let us make a diagnostic home visit. Or stop by our Lee’s Summit showroom and take a look at the furnace options and get the facts on how a new furnace could trim your home heating bills. Should you lose your old furnace this year? We can help you decide.