Indicators That It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Furnace 

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Indicators That It’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Furnace 

  • Heating

As the cold season is in full effect and your furnace is under the spotlight. Now that the temperature has dropped, your furnace-use has likely skyrocketed to keep your home and your water warm enough to survive. Unfortunately, just like every other major appliance you love in your house, your furnace doesn’t get any younger. Whether this thought has occurred to you already or not, something could go wrong with your furnace that warrants a repair call or a replacement furnace altogether. Here’s four indicators that its time to repair or replace your furnace:

Age 

Typically, the average lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years, but higher quality furnaces that have been well maintained may extend far beyond that. This first issue may seem obvious, but we’ve found that not many people can answer how old their furnace truly is. Rule of thumb dictates that if your furnace is old enough to acquire its own driver’s license and go to prom with another beautiful furnace, it is probably time for a replacement.

If the age is getting up there, usually after year 10, it is most likely reasonable to assume that you may be in store to repair or replace your furnace pretty soon, especially if no maintenance work has been done previously. Parts get old and rust/corrosion takes its toll. Also, it’s important to dig out your furnace warranty information and maintenance history. Some furnace warranties extend as long as 20 years, so check your warranty, whatever service you need may be covered. 

Noise

This may come as a shock, but your furnace does not double as a percussion instrument. The only noise it should be making is the low grumble it exudes when it is cycling, similar to a reluctant family member who forgot to do a chore. Bangs, scrapes, booms, screeches, thumps, or any other array of comic book onomatopoeia should be treated as a sign that a repair or assessment call needs to be made as quickly as possible. Noises coming from your furnace can be attributed to any number of issues but if it is particularly loud and disrupting when turning on it may be a sign of a serious safety issue that should be addressed straightaway. 

Efficiency 

Is your monthly heating bill becoming an increasing burden? If so, your furnace may be to blame. In the past furnaces were far less efficient than today’s best models. Many furnaces common in homes have efficiency ratings (the amount of fuel that is turned into heat) that are in the ~70 percentiles. The most efficient options today have ratings as high as 98.5%.

An increased heating bill without increased use is almost certainly indicative of a furnace in need of repair. You will want to act on this realization as quickly as possible, or turn your furnace off altogether, for every second this furnace is running you are paying for resources that you are not necessarily in need of. The main culprit of this problem can usually be traced to the ductwork within the furnace, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be a plethora of other reasons. A repair should be able to take care of the issue, but in some less frequent cases you may end up having to start shopping for a new furnace depending on how severe the issue. 

Sight and Smell

As you’ve probably guessed by now, a furnace in distress can mostly be noticed by you in the moment. We’ve already covered hearing, but often times visual and auditory cues will key you in that something’s wrong. Two liquids pooling around your furnace that you’ll be able to see and know that something is wrong are water and gas. One of these things is a lot more dangerous to have pooling than the other, but either way you will want to notify your contractor about the issue immediately. If you smell gas, odds are the furnace is leaking gas but you just can’t see it. In both cases if you can see or smell gas, you will want to turn off your furnace as well as its gas supply valve in that moment. Especially if it is leaking gas, your home could be at risk if not treated appropriately and right away

If you’ve concluded that a new furnace is necessary, it’s not all bad news, and may be a long-term win. You can ensure your home is equipped with a safe, quiet, warrantied and efficient furnace that results in lower monthly heating costs, no unexpected repair bills, higher home resale value and greater peace of mind.

Schedule furnace service today with Papalia Home Services! Whether you need to repair or replace your furnace, we’ll make sure you stay warm this winter.

By admin

6 Common Heating Repairs You May Need Before Winter is Over

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6 Common Heating Repairs You May Need Before Winter is Over

  • Heating

There’s a good chance your furnace is overworking itself to keep you warm this winter, which means it may need a few repairs before spring is here. The last thing you want is a busted furnace while it’s still below freezing outside in Acton. Without the proper maintenance and occasional repair however, your furnace can wear down. It losing its efficiency which costs you higher utility bills, and eventually breaking down altogether. The winter season puts enough strain on your furnace, and damages left untreated can not only result in costly repairs but a dangerous fire hazard. Luckily most furnace problems can be solved with these six common heating repairs.

 

How to Ensure Your Furnace Works Year-Round

Your furnace is a complicated appliance with several components and a ventilation system. Dirt, debris, and a lack of ventilation are common causes for furnace problems but are easily avoided with the right cleaning and care. Some issues are trickier to detect without professional help, but all furnace issues should be repaired as soon as possible.

Try the following repairs to keep your furnace running right:

Change the air filter.

One of the most common heating repairs is a dirty filter. How often you should change the air filter will depend on the size of your home, how much you use the furnace, and if you have pets. Your furnace needs proper ventilation in order to function properly, and a dirty, clogged air filter can cause it to overwork itself to heat your home. Changing the air filter at least once a year can help increase your furnace’s lifespan and efficiency.

Fix the pilot light.

A faulty pilot light not only makes it difficult for your furnace to heat your home but, it can also cause a fire hazard. If you suspect your furnace’s pilot light is damaged, call Papalia Home Services immediately. Gas-fueled furnaces, for example, should always have a blue pilot light, meaning that the flame is receiving enough oxygen. A yellow light indicates that the amount of oxygen used to combust fuel is restricted and it’s producing carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is deadly. If you see a yellow flame, call for service as soon as possible. 

Replace the thermostat.

Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with your furnace at all. A thermostat that’s either faulty or installed in the wrong location could cause your furnace to work more than necessary. If your furnace seems to be cycling more than usual or you feel a fluctuation in temperature, the issue may be the thermostat. If you need to replace your thermostat, now may be a good time to upgrade it to a smart thermostat, which can allow you to monitor your energy usage and even schedule different heating settings.

Check the switches and breakers.

As odd as it sounds, sometimes all your furnace needs is to be turned on. There should be a standard wall switch on or around your furnace somewhere. It’s also a good idea to check the fuse for it on the circuit breaker. The front panel covering the furnace’s blower motor should also be securely fastened, as there is a push-in switch underneath that needs to be fully pressed in order for it to operate.

Clear the air ducts.

Your furnace works by circulating heat throughout your home, but over time the air ducts can collect a lot of dust and debris. Dirty air ducts not only wear down your furnace but circulate dirty air throughout your home. If you suspect your air ducts are dirty, it’s best to have a professional clean them to avoid damages. A professional air duct cleaning can also alert you of any air leaks that need to be sealed.

Clean out vents.

Besides keeping your air ducts clear of debris, you’ll also want to check your furnace vents. Any vents that lead to the outside of your home can be prone to clogs, usually from plant debris, pests, or ice. Installing a screen mesh can help keep most debris from clogging the vent, but it should be cleaned frequently. If your home has a heat pump, make sure to keep all grass clippings and leaves away from the fins of the outdoor compressor unit.

 

Be Consistent with Your Furnace

Nobody wants to deal with a busted furnace, especially during the winter season. That’s why your furnace needs routine maintenance no matter what season. Keeping up with your furnace, however, requires the occasional common heating repairs. If you think your furnace is damaged, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible. A damaged furnace is not only costly but also dangerous. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Call Papalia Home Services today for any of your common heating repairs or heating installation needs. 

By Dan Burrows