Is It Time for a New Furnace?

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group
York Furnaces Vancouver

A furnace typically lasts between 8-12 years  depending on how well you have maintained  your furnace. There are some repairs and heating inspections you can do to extend the life expectancy of your furnace  The amount you spend on replacing some parts every year can add up quite easily and there are other factors that you may want to consider if it is time to replace your furnace.

Increased Energy Bills

If your energy bill is rising every month and it certainly isn’t because of the cold weather that Metro Vancouver is experiencing or Fortis BC has decided to increase their rates yet again- it may be because your furnace is not operating efficiently anymore.  Your heating system’s engine may no longer have the ability to provide the warmth like it used to.  You can check for possible filter issues- if the filter is plugged and the air can no longer pass through and you replaced the filter but there is no improvement.

Heating Inconsistencies

Another sign that you need a furnace replacement is the heating differences you get from the different rooms in your home.  If your furnace is used to equally distribute warmth in all rooms but some rooms are colder than others, your furnace might be having some issues.  It is highly recommended that you call in a licensed heating contractor to do a check up to determine what is causing the heating differences.

Noisy Furnace

Your heating system’s cycling on and off is one thing, but having clanking sounds coming from your furnace is another thing.  The noise can come from the expansion and contraction of the pipes or it can also come from the unit itself.  When your heating system acts up and gives out noises that are out of the ordinary, you can do a simple cleaning to remove  particles that may have built up.  However, if the noise is coming from a well-worn motor, it is best to have your furnace checked out by a professional to diagnose and provide their recommendations.

Excessive Dust and Soot

A  sign of issues with your furnace system is when dust and soot is exhausted out.  Although this can indicate a dust build up and only requires some cleaning, it can also reveal something a little more serious like issues with the ignition or burning chamber.

Rust Around Heating System

A little bit of rust on your furnace isn’t too big of a deal, but too much oxidation around your heating system can be an issue.  The rust can eventually corrode the important parts of your HVAC system including the heat exchanger.  If rust has already made its way into your heating system, it will not only cause more problems with your furnace but it can also spread air pollutants within your home.  The rust in your furnace is a sign of poor ventilation, humidity conditions, or excessive water temperature.  All these issues have to be addressed before a new furnace is installed to avoid the same problems in the future.

We realize a new furnace is a large investment you make for your home. But the heating system in your home is like the lungs of a person. The furnace circulates the heat and air that everyone inside the home breathes and lives in. It is an expensive purchase but if you make sure everything is done by a licensed professional and is properly serviced and maintained your new furnace will last you many years.

You can check with your local gas utility company to help find a licensed and registered heating company and contractor. You can schedule a free in home consultation with us to provide you with a free estimate/quote on a new furnace. Please call 604-283-2383 to schedule an appointment today.

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