You should be able to rely on your home’s heating system to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. With plenty of cold days still ahead, it is important to have a furnace that works. The best thing you can do for your heating system is to have regular routine maintenance. This can help spot small problems before they become something major. If you notice your furnace struggling to keep up, or if your home feels colder than usual, it is important to have a professional take a look as soon as possible. There are several factors to consider when deciding if you should invest in a new heating system.
Age of Your System
Your heating system will naturally begin to fail with age. Depending on your model and level of maintenance, a furnace can last anywhere from 15-20 years. It is normal to need minor repairs throughout the years, but if your repairs are becoming more frequent or expensive, it may be in your best interest to invest in a new system. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your monthly heating bill. Older furnaces tend to become less efficient, and you’ll notice if your system is working overtime to heat your home due to an increase in utility bills.
Assess the Pilot Flame
Your pilot flame should always be bright blue in color. Yellow flame can be caused by gas entering the system but not being burned off. If the flame is weak or wavy, this could also be a sign of improper ventilation.
You shouldn’t notice a lot of noise coming from your heating system. Loud, strange noises can be a warning sign that something isn’t functioning right within the furnace. You’ll want to have this assessed as soon as possible to determine how serious it is.
Contact a Professional
You shouldn’t have to fear that your furnace will stop working in the heart of winter. If you notice that your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it should, it may be time to replace it. If you are unsure, the experts at Rivers Plumbing, Heating, and Air can help. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with maintenance, repair, or full replacement of your heating system.