An emergency furnace replacement can be stressful both in an emotional sense and a financial one. You can prevent that stress if you handle problems while they are still small before they develop into household catastrophes that require you to buy a new furnace. Some of the indications that your furnace could be on the way out include:
As with cars, the final breakdown of a furnace often comes after numerous smaller but fixable issues. If your furnace starts having regular problems, it could be a sign that it is about to let you down one last time. Don’t wait for it to fail in the middle of winter. Start preparing for the expense of a new furnace while the weather is still warm.
The Burner Flame is Yellow
A yellow flame may indicate that your furnace is releasing carbon monoxide. The yellow color is sometimes an indicator that the flame is not getting enough air. According to Iowa State University, insufficient air might mean incomplete combustion and the production of potentially deadly carbon monoxide. Proper maintenance ensures that your furnace combusts fuel correctly.
Higher Utility Bills
If your furnace is outdated and inefficient, you will see your bills increase even when gas and electricity costs are relatively low. A poorly maintained furnace is likely to see reduced efficiency over time. Regular maintenance can keep it from wasting fuel.
You Are No Longer Comfortable in Your Home
If you find that some parts of your home are excessively warm or too cold, your furnace may be struggling to send adequate warm air to the rooms that need it. Inconsistent heating is often one of the first signs of a furnace that is aging out of its usable life.
You can avoid an emergency furnace replacement with regular maintenance, contact us at Minnesota Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about protecting your existing furnace or about getting a new one in an emergency.