It’s cold. Bone chillingly cold. Now is the worst time for you to have to deal with issues with your furnace. So go check your furnace out.
You don’t know what to look for, don’t know the signs that your furnace is dying on you, now do you? I can help. There are several signs to look for but the first one you should check isn’t a sign at all. It’s age. The older your furnace the more likely that things will go wrong. Nothing is built to last forever, but furnaces are generally built to last. With that said a furnace that has been working for fifteen or more years is more likely to need maintenance, and more frequent maintenance than newer models. If you are beginning to notice that your furnace needs more upkeep than it did in years past that is a sign that you should begin thinking of getting a new one.
Have your heating bills steadily gotten higher as the years have gone by? Think it’s just the price of oil, gas, or electricity? Think again. Furnaces do generally get less efficient as time goes on, as parts wear out, making for higher bills as the years pile up and your furnace gets older. If you want to have that furnace repaired or checked out, or just have questions, always go to a qualified HVAC technician. For all your Wheatridge furnace repair needs (That’s where I live) I go to a place called Go Green. If you’re in the area, give them a call.
Another thing to look for is uneven heating in your home. Is one room constantly colder or warmer than another? Are you constantly having to fiddle with the thermostat to feel comfortable? You should not have to, and when you do that, what you are dealing with may well be a faulty furnace that needs to maintenance or even replacement.
One last thing. Go check your pilot light. Is it blue? Good. Its supposed to be. One of the signs that you have a carbon monoxide leak is a yellow pilot light flame. There are other signs which you should check for as well, like soot around your furnace or rust on your flue pipes. If you have any of these that means that you may have a damaged heat exchanger and need to replace that unit. Again, always call up a qualified technician and have them check it out for you. But knowing what to look for will help keep you safe and warm this winter, and that is all we want, right?