Now is the busiest time of the year for home heating companies responding to furnace problems. Luckily, most heating systems will give some type of warning before completely breaking down. Here are six signs that your furnace is failing:
1. It is more than fifteen years old.
Furnaces made before the turn of the century are extremely energy-inefficient, and more prone to breaking down. The average lifespan of a furnace is only about 12-15 years, so keep a close eye on yours once it reaches this age.
2. Your energy bill keeps increasing.
Energy rates can fluctuate, but if you have noticed a steady increase in your bill over the past few winters, your heating system could be to blame. Furnaces tend to consume more and more energy before eventually breaking down.
3. You hear strange noises.
It’s normal for heating systems to make some sound when they operate, especially immediately after starting up. However, excessive noise, or popping, grinding, screeching, or clicking sounds are all cause for concern.
4. Cold spots and inconsistent temperatures.
Does your home suffer from inconsistent airflow, leading to hot and cold zones? Even worse, does the air coming out of your vents feel cool to the touch? A furnace that can no longer produce hot air is about as useful as a concrete parachute.
5. Your pilot light is yellow.
Think a yellow pilot light is no big deal? Think again. A good gas flame should consistently burn blue. A yellow flame, on the other hand, could indicate that your furnace is producing too much carbon monoxide – a poisonous gas.
6. You are constantly paying for repairs.
How many times have you had to repair your furnace within the past two years? If the answer is “multiple”, you are better off putting that money towards a new model.
Is your furnace exhibiting any of these signs? Colorado residents can count on Patterson Plumbing & Heating for same-day service in Pueblo County. Our technicians are fully trained to repair or replace any make and model of heating system. If you live in Pueblo or Canon City, contact us online to schedule your appointment, or call (719) 544-4922.