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Your Fall Furnace Guide—Repair or Replace?

As the leaves change color and begin to fall, a chill sets in over Washington. It’s getting colder, and we are inching closer and closer towards winter, which means it’s time to check in on your furnace!

After a long, hot summer, your furnaces may feel a bit neglected; and, act out as a result. Just like a car refuses to start after it sits in a driveway, unused during a long family vacation, your furnace may be similarly stubborn.

That’s why a fall furnace check-up is always recommended! It is better to run into a potential furnace faux pas while the weather is still mild, so you can catch any issues ahead of time! That’s why Bob’s Heating, created a Fall Furnace Guide so you can understand what your furnace needs in case you go to turn it on and… it just isn’t working as it should.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Your furnace has weak airflow

If you stand in front of your air vents and heat is barely seeping out of it, your furnace fan may need repair. Slow heating may also be the result of a broken thermostat. Make sure your heating control center is working properly by contacting an HVAC specialist here at Bob’s Heating. We will check it out, so your system can crank it out.

Your furnace is emitting a foul odor

If your furnace is producing a musty smell that lasts longer than its first run cycle, you probably need a new air filter. Do not let this problem persist, as dirty air filters cause your system to work harder, increasing your utility costs while decreasing your heating efficiency.

Your home is abnormally dusty

If dust is accumulating throughout your home, it is also a sign that your furnace’s air filter needs replacing. Excessive dust will cause health implications and can harm the interior of your home. Dust creates a dry environment, which will wilt your house plants, affect your wood flooring, and cause you and your family to develop allergy-like symptoms. Change your air filters to avoid these conditions.

Note: If you have never replaced your furnace’s air filter, dirt can cause permanent damage to your furnace’s internal components. So keep up with preventative furnace maintenance!

Signs Your Furnace Needs Replacing

If your furnace is more than 15 years old

Once your furnace hits the 15-year mark, it has lived a full life. Even if it “still works,” it is not running in an energy-efficient manner and is probably the cause of your unusually high utility bills. If you are unclear on the age of your furnace, check the user manual or look for its serial number and check it out online!

Your rooms are all different temperatures

If some rooms in your home are warmed more than others, your furnace is outdated. Insufficient heating is a result of old ductwork, as ducts naturally lose their ability to distribute air evenly as they age. Contact Bob’s Heating for a newer, more efficient heating system.

Your furnace is noisy

All furnaces make noise when they are starting up and turning off; however, if unusual sounds persist, or become louder as heating cycles continue, there may be malfunctioning, broken, or leaking parts within your furnace. Contact a professional HVAC technician, here at Bob’s Heating, for furnace assessment and potential replacement.

Your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so how do you know if your furnace is releasing carbon monoxide into your home? These signs indicate you may have a cracked combustion chamber:

  1. Condensation on your windows and walls

  2. Rusting on pipes

  3. Soot around your furnace

  4. A yellow flame instead of a blue flame burning

  5. Abnormal headaches and nausea

  6. Flu-like symptoms

If you notice any of the above, immediately evacuate your home, contact emergency services to turn off your gas supply, and contact us, here at Bob’s Heating for professional furnace replacement.

You have made repetitive repairs

If your HVAC repairman comes up as a suggested friend on Facebook, it’s time to think about replacement. Consistent repairs will cost you more in the long run. If your repairs on your current unit cost even one-third of what a new unit would cost, it’s time to throw in the towel and replace your furnace.

When you have a prob, we’ll do the job. For furnace repair or replacement, call Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning, at (425) 689-7778.