Trying to figure out if you should replace your furnace or not? Here are some signs that can help you make that decision.
1. Old Age The Average Oil or Natural Gas Furnace has an average lifespan of 16 t0 20 years. According to the US Department of Energy, you should replace your furnace after 20 years when the efficiency drops to 78% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency(AFUE). Much like an automobile, the lifespan of the furnace can be directly related to how often the equipment is serviced and maintained.
2. High Energy Bills If you have noticed a spike in your energy bills your furnace might be on the way out. As your furnaces age, it will start to lose efficiency. A properly maintained furnace will show a much slower drop off than ones that aren’t maintained. Energy Companies offer rebates to consumers to help get old equipment off the grid.
3. Frequent Repairs If you know your technician better than you know some of your children, it might be a good idea to look at a replacement. Legacy offers a repair remorse program for those who have fought the good fight to keep their furnace running but have realized that replacement is the better option.
4. Uneven Temperatures If you are constantly fooling with the thermostat to keep the house comfortable, you might want to look at a new furnace. For every degree that you increase the warmth of your house, you lose 5% inefficiencies. With new Furnace Technology, you will not only be able to be more efficient with your heating(up to 97%) but your heat will disperse evenly through the house.
5. Yellow Burner Flame A properly functioning gas furnace is blue with a small yellow tip at the flame’s inner core. If your flame is more yellow than blue, you potentially have a very serious and dangerous problem as it could be producing carbon monoxide.