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8 Signs That Your Furnace May Not Be Winter Ready

Before the arrival of winter, don’t assume that your furnaces is winter ready. Recognizing when it’s time to replace your furnace can save you from an unpleasant surprise when the cold winds and chilly nights officially descend upon us. Let’s delve into eight unmistakable indicators you should be aware of!

  1. Furnace Age
    If your furnace has endured more winters than you can count on both hands, it’s probably time to consider a replacement. Most furnaces have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, so if yours is nearing or has exceeded this mark, it’s wise to start shopping for a new one.
  2. Rising Energy Bills
    Our winters can be unpredictable, but if you’ve noticed your energy bills climbing higher, even when you haven’t adjusted the thermostat, it’s a clear sign of decreased efficiency. Older furnaces have to work harder, consuming more energy to generate the same amount of heat.
  3. Frequent Repairs
    Regular maintenance is crucial for the long-term efficiency and effectiveness of your home’s heating system. However, if you’ve had to call in a technician for various heating issues, it’s evident that your furnace is struggling. Constant repairs not only drain your wallet but also indicate that your furnace is approaching the end of its service life.
  4. Uneven Heating
    Have you noticed chilly or drafty spots when transitioning from a warm living room to a cold bedroom? Uneven heating is a common sign of a failing furnace. Your home should maintain a consistent level of comfort regardless of the weather outside.
  5. Unusual Noises
    A properly functioning furnace should operate quietly in the background. However, if you hear bangs, pops, or rattles, it’s time to investigate further. Noises could indicate serious problems with your furnace’s internal components.
  6. Yellow Flame Instead of Blue
    Take a moment to inspect your furnace’s flame. It should burn brightly blue. If you observe a yellow or flickering flame, it could indicate the presence of carbon monoxide, a significant health hazard for your family. In such a case, turn off your furnace immediately and contact our service technicians without delay.
  7. Excessive Dust
    A properly functioning furnace should filter the air circulating in your home, reducing the influx of dust and allergens into your living space. If you’re noticing an increase in dust around the house or your family is experiencing more allergy symptoms, it may be due to an inefficient furnace.
  8. Inconsistent Thermostat Response
    If you find that your thermostat settings are no longer in sync with your home’s actual temperature, it could be a sign of furnace trouble. Your furnace should reliably respond to thermostat adjustments, maintaining the desired temperature. If you’re experiencing delays, erratic heating, or the furnace not responding as it should, it’s time to have it inspected by a professional. Inconsistent thermostat response can lead to discomfort and higher energy bills, so don’t ignore this warning sign.

If you observe any of the issues mentioned above or start to feel the cold creeping in, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bickley’s. Say farewell to your old furnace and invest in a new, more efficient model to keep your home warm and comfortable. View some of the furnaces we recommend.

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