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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

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7 Signs to Look Out For Before Winter Gets Here

As the crisp air begins to hint at the upcoming winter, many of us in Sammamish, WA and beyond are thinking of firing up our furnaces, hoping for that cozy warmth. But what if your trusty furnace isn't so trusty anymore? 

Recognizing when it's time for a furnace replacement can save you from an unexpected disturbance in your comfort when the cold breezes and chilly nights are officially here. Let's explore seven telltale signs that may indicate you're in need of a furnace replacement to look out for – keep reading!

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1. Furnace Age

If your furnace has seen more winters than you can count on both hands, it’s likely time for a replacement. Most furnaces have a 15 to 20-year lifespan, so if yours is approaching or has surpassed this milestone, it's a good idea to begin shopping for a new furnace.

2. Rising Energy Bills

Our winters are notoriously unpredictable, but if you notice your energy bills climbing higher than the Cascades, even when you haven’t touched the thermostat, you have a revelatory sign of decreased efficiency, meaning you are in need of a furnace replacement. Older furnaces have to work harder, consuming more energy to produce the same amount of heat.

3. Frequent Repairs

Regularly scheduled maintenance is essential for the long-term efficiency and effectiveness of your home’s heating solutions, but if you've had to call in a technician for other climate system issues, it's clear that your furnace is struggling. Constant repairs not only drain your wallet but indicate that your furnace is nearing its end of life.

4. Uneven Heating

Have you noticed cold or drafty areas while walking from a toasty living room into a freezing bedroom? Uneven heating is a common sign of a failing furnace. Your home should feel consistently comfortable throughout, no matter the weather outside.

5. Strange Noises

A furnace should hum along quietly without giving it a second thought, but it's time to take a closer look if you're hearing bangs, pops, or rattles. Hearing more than just the sound of a Pacific Northwest rainstorm could indicate serious issues with your furnace's internal components.

6. Yellow Flame Instead of Blue

Take a peek into the furnace and report back on your findings. The flame should be a bright blue. A yellow or flickering flame could indicate carbon monoxide, a severe health hazard for your family. If you notice this, turn off your furnace and contact our service technicians immediately. The team at Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to help with your furnace replacement from quoting the new unit all the way through to installing it!

7. Dust, Dust, Everywhere

A properly functioning furnace filters the air moving around your home, reducing dust and allergens from entering your lungs and settling on furnishings. If you're noticing more dust around the house or your family is experiencing more allergies, it could be due to an inefficient furnace. If you're tired of the dust and ready to improve the air filtration throughout your home, contact our team at Bob's Heating to discuss furnace replacement options available to you.

Our winters are beautiful, but they can also be cold. If you’re noticing any of the issues mentioned above or start to feel a chill, reach out to our team at Bob's Heating & Air Conditiong. We will be there with you in bidding your old furnace goodbye and welcoming a newer, more efficient, and sustainable model..

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