Like any other system, your furnace is bound to get old and worn out, which can lead it to quit when you need it the most. Having a furnace that is not working, especially during extremely cold temperatures in American Fork, can be very frustrating. It can result in discomfort and can also be a health hazard. Many signs can indicate that your furnace is struggling to function. If you notice any of these issues, you should contact our technicians at Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing promptly.
It Is an Old System
A typical furnace unit should last you for 15 to 20 years. An old furnace may not run as efficiently as a new one since the parts are old and worn out. You may therefore end up spending more money as it needs frequent tune-ups. It is advisable to replace an old system to avoid high bills or a less efficient system that can break down unexpectedly.
Loud Noises From the Furnace
It might be time to replace your furnace if you notice sounds such as popping, rattling, screeching, booming, or humming. These sounds could be due to various issues such as fluctuating temperatures within your furnace, loose equipment or ductwork, a damaged motor or pulley, or even severe gas emission among other problems. We recommend you contact us so that our technicians carry out a thorough inspection of your system. They will then recommend whether you need to replace the furnace.
Soot Buildup Near the Furnace Grill or Register
You may notice soot or dust lingering throughout your home or that plants in your home are withering and dying. This could indicate that your old system is producing a higher than usual amount of carbon dioxide and that it needs replacement. Many times, soot accumulates around the grill or register, an air duct that regulates airflow in your home. Soot accumulation means that your furnace isn’t dispelling waste products properly and that it probably needs to be replaced soon.
Sudden changes in temperatures as you move across the rooms in your home could also indicate the need to have our technicians inspect your furnace. The fluctuating temperatures suggest that the system is not performing efficiently; therefore, it cannot evenly distribute heat. Our technicians will check the furnace to find out if you need to replace the system.
Frequent Need for Furnace Repair
Having a furnace that constantly needs repairs can be very frustrating and expensive. If you notice that the cost of fixing your old furnace system is more than half the price of getting a new furnace, it might be time to replace it. This is because fixing your old system may end up being more expensive than getting a new one.
High Energy Bills
A furnace system that is more than 15 years old may struggle to distribute heat around your home evenly. This will result in the system using more energy than it is originally required to and could lead to a spike in your bills. If this happens, we advise you to strongly consider replacing the furnace to avoid the high energy bills.
Yellow Furnace Flame
An efficient furnace system should always produce a clear blue flame. If you notice that your furnace is producing a yellow flame, you should contact our technicians immediately. The yellow flame could indicate that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide, which is odorless, tasteless, and very dangerous.
Unusual Furnace Cycling
An efficient furnace should cycle on and off during the course of its normal operations. Once your home goes below the temperature you set on your thermostat, the furnace system should come on, and once it achieves the required temperature, it should turn off. If you notice that your furnace is cycling on and off more frequently or running all the time, you should contact us. This could be an indicator of an issue with your furnace.
Frequent Need to Adjust Thermostat
Having to adjust your thermostat more frequently because it’s not keeping you warm enough could signify that your furnace has an issue. Once you set the temperature on the thermostat, your furnace should cycle within that temperature. If you notice that the temperature keeps dropping without you changing it, you should contact us.
If you are spending money on frequent repairs on your old furnace, it might be time to have it replaced. Gunthers Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing has licensed technicians well versed in HVAC services such as furnace replacement and boiler installation. We also offer plumbing services, heat pumps, and sheet metal fabrication, and we are ready to serve our neighbors in the American Fork, Utah, area. Contact us today!