With winter now in full swing, it’s more important to take care of your heating equipment than ever. Fortunately, in the state of Georgia, the weather tends to be much more temperate than in other parts of the country, making indoor climate control somewhat easier. However, no matter how well-maintained your heating equipment is, or how often you use it, eventually there comes a time when you’re going to need to consider an upgrade. Keep reading for the top 5 signs it’s time to replace your furnace, courtesy of our experienced Newnan HVAC team at Hammond Services.
The Top 5 Signs You Need to Install a New Furnace Are:
- Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises: A minimal amount of noise coming from your unit while it is in operation is normal. However, banging, clanking, rumbling, or screeching coming from your furnace can indicate an issue. There could be a mechanical problem with the blower motor, for instance, or your gas burner could be dirty, or your pilot light may need to be adjusted. Whatever the culprit is, make sure to call a skilled heating technician right away if your furnace is making loud sounds, as waiting to deal with this kind of problem could have major repercussions for your system and your property.
- Your Furnace Is Emitting a Strange Smell: While your furnace may emit a smell from dust burning off it at the beginning of the winter season, frequent odors can indicate a bigger problem. While a stale burning smell may just be due to a dirty filter, a sulfuric smell may indicate you’re dealing with a gas leak. Electrical burning and chemical smells may also indicate mechanical issues, forcing you to replace your unit entirely.
- Your Heating Bills Have Gone Up As Your Furnace’s Performance Has Gone Down: If your furnace’s performance continues to suffer even as your heating bills continue to rise, there is a good chance you will need to replace the unit. A lack of energy efficiency usually signals your system is having to work harder to heat your whole house, meaning you end up paying more for less heat. This often happens when your furnace becomes older and worn down. Call a technician for an inspection if this is happening in your home, and consider upgrading to a new, energy-efficient unit that will keep your bills low while producing more heat.
- Your Furnace is Struggling to Produce Warm Air: If your furnace is failing to heat your whole home, it may be because there is excess sediment in the unit, which you will need to flush out. This could also be because of a thermostat malfunction, or a pilot light issue. If you can pay to have the problem fixed, go ahead and do it, but if you find yourself paying for repairs over and over again, it may be more cost-efficient simply to replace your unit.
- Your Furnace Refuses to Turn On: A furnace that fails to turn on altogether may be completely broken down. There is a good chance you will need to install a new furnace if your current unit has stopped working, though you should call an experienced HVAC tech either way, just to be completely sure.
For furnace installations and more, contact Hammond Services online, or feel free to call for emergency repairs 24/7 at (770) 766-9919.