Unfortunately, furnaces have limited life spans. With proper maintenance, the average furnace will last up to 20 years. However, if it is not maintained correctly, a furnace might only last 10 to 15 years. It all depends on the unit’s usage, how well it’s maintained, and the original quality level. The following are some of the signs that might indicate it’s time for your furnace to be replaced.
The System Is Noisy
When a furnace is running correctly, it should operate smoothly and quietly. You might hear a clicking sound when it turns on or off, but usually, you shouldn’t hear any squeaking, banging, grinding, or other odd noises emanating from the unit or the ventilation system. If you notice any strange noises, turn the system off immediately and call A-1 Mechanical. We’ll come out and inspect your system and give you honest advice about its condition and your options for repair or replacement.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Leaks
Carbon monoxide gas is lethal to humans and their furry friends. What’s worse is that we are unable to detect it without the use of technology. It’s always advisable to have a professional HVAC technician from A-1 Mechanical come to your home or business and inspect your system for CO leaks.
Don’t risk the health and safety of your family. Call us for an inspection today. We will ensure that everything is functioning as it should be in order to keep your loved ones safe and sound.
Expanded Heating Costs
Have you noticed that your monthly energy costs keep increasing? If so, it could be the result of a poorly functioning furnace. Older furnaces needing repair have to work harder to do the same job as new modern ones. Unfortunately, as the system ages, the same work becomes harder and harder to do. This means less efficiency and increased energy bills.
Irregular Heating in Your Home
Are some areas in your home cooler than others? If so, it could be a power issue with your furnace, a filtration issue, or an issue with your ventilation system. After you have made sure that your circuit breaker is on, your air filter is clean, your vents are open, and your furnace is still not generating reliable heat consistently throughout your home, call A-1 Mechanical for a complete system inspection. We will assess the situation and give you honest advice about what we find.
The System Gives Off Odd Smells
When your furnace is operating properly, it will not emit odd smells. If you smell smoke, natural gas, or any other funky scents from your furnace unit or your ventilation system, shut your thermostat to the off position immediately and call A-1 Mechanical. We’ll send a highly qualified technician to assess your system and alert you of potential dangers.