You may not think about it very often, the average forced air furnace may last 18 to 20 years. Time slips away quickly with appliances that operate behind the scenes of everyday life. And often repairs on an older furnace may have a domino effect—you fix one part, and before you know it, another one needs replacing.
Here are clues your furnace may be ready for repair or replacement:
1.Squeaks, rattles and rumbles can be signs of a failing motor or an unbalanced blower wheel caused by wear and tear.
2.A furnace that won’t start on the first attempt may have a worn ignition or burner, or need cleaning.
3.If you don’t feel that reliable, comfy warmth that you’re used to, it may be a sign that your furnace has worn and ineffective parts.
4.If your furnace is starting up and shutting off too often, your furnace settings, flame sensors, or even your thermostat may need adjustment.
A Potential for Danger!
A cracked or fractured heat exchanger can mean danger. In your furnace, a heat exchanger separates burner exhaust and carbon monoxide from your home venting system. Cracks may allow potentially deadly air leaks into your heat ducts. So have your furnace (old or new) checked regularly and remember to have a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home.
Today’s sophisticated heating equipment demands high quality installation, and safety is paramount when gas and electricity is involved. Providing consistent quality installation in every situation requires on-going training and validation of those skill sets. That’s why Xcel Energy recommends using qualified professionals to fulfill our rebate offers on high-efficiency heating equipment.
Get ready to replace that huffing and puffing furnace before it leaves you cold.