Eight Warning Signs that Your Furnace Needs to Be Replaced or Repaired

Fall and winter can bring very unpredictable weather in Loganville, Walton and Gwinnett Counties. From cold, rainy fall days to snowstorms in the winter, it’s essential to know that you can trust your HVAC system to create a safe and warm environment at home. However, if your current furnace is struggling to provide comfort during the winter, it may be time to replace or repair it. But how do you know it’s time you need a new furnace?

Here are eight warning signs that your furnace may need to be replaced or repaired.

1. System’s Age

Start by checking the age of your furnace. A lot of homeowners took occupancy of a home, and the furnace was already in place. This means it could be at the end of its lifespan. Find the owner’s manual, or you can look up the system’s model number, which should be located on the furnace itself. Depending upon the level of maintenance and usage, the average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 15-20 years.

‍2. Excessive Dust, Dirt, Soot or Rust Particles 

It is a sign to install a new system or have it repaired if you notice more soot, rust, dust, dander, or dirt building up within your home while your furnace is running.

3. Humidity Problems

Throughout the year and especially in the winter, humidity within your home is a concern. If you have noticed the air within your home is dry, your furnace could be the problem.

‍4. Uneven Heating in Rooms

Do you notice that different rooms in your home have different temperatures of hot or cold? Rooms being heated unevenly or not heated at all is likely due to your furnace. It can be more challenging to push heat evenly throughout your home with an aging or damaged system.

5. Noise, Rattles, Buzzes or Hums

If your system is running louder than normal or develops hums, rattles, or buzzes, it could be time to replace your system? You possibly could fix the cracks, leaks, or other structural issues.

6. Signs of Cracks, or Rust in or Around System

Are there any signs of cracks or rust developing in or around your furnace? That could mean it is time to replace the system. This naturally occurs over time as your furnace ages.

7. Energy Bills Higher Than Normal

An increase in energy bills can mean that your system is running less efficiently.

8. More Frequent Repairs

Review your repair bills in the last two years. How many times have you had to call on an HVAC contractor to repair your heating system? It might be time for a quote to price out a new system.

If you have noticed any of the above signs from your furnace, it’s critical to speak with an HVAC contractor to discuss replacement or repair options. Not only is it essential to have a working heating system throughout winter, but it’s important to keep your family safe. Problems with your furnace can lead to health issues from carbon monoxide, dust and dander, and other things that are bad to inhale.

Call today at 678-926-9676 to schedule an appointment to check out your system.

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