JOB Heating and Air Saskatoon explains when it’s time to get a new furnace
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How do I know when to replace my furnace?
This is a question we often hear. When is it time to get a new furnace in Saskatoon? Depending on who you ask you will get a different answer. I believe that there are a few items you should take into consideration when asking the question.
How old is your furnace?
A good place to start is to compare your furnaces age to the national average. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping. Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow time to make your best decision. Most people prefer to replace their furnace as a planned home improvement rather than a panic replacement when your furnace is faltering or failed. For starters, look at your furnace to see if you have a pilot light. If you do, it is almost certainly over 25 years old!
Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?
Rising gas and electric prices are not the only reason for high bills. Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat. This will cause your gas & electric bills to go up. The money you pay the gas & electric company every month could be used to pay for a new furnace.
Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces are like cars. As they age, you can replace one part, only to have to replace another part next year. It doesn’t take long to spend $500 just to keep the old furnace running. Furnaces incur the most breakdowns in the last 2 years of their lives. Another repair sign is whether you had to wait to get parts replaced. As a furnace ages, it gets harder to get replacement parts. This waiting can really be cold on a below zero night.
Does your thermostat keep you comfortable?
Do you feel that some rooms are too cold while others are too hot? Or are you always trying to adjust your thermostat to make your home more comfortable? This is a sign that your furnace lacks the ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable in your home.
Is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?
A yellow or flickering flame may be a sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be created by your furnace. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide are: Streaks of soot around furnace, absence of an upward draft in your chimney, excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces. Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks, small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe, rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible from the outside.
Is your furnace making strange noises?
Old furnaces often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end of their life. Have you heard any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises coming from your furnace? Another noise is when you hear the furnace blower running excessively. Does your blower turn on & off frequently or does it blow cold air sometimes? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.
It goes without saying that because your furnace is one of the most important items in your house you should have it serviced by a licenced professional such as J.O.B Heating and Air Conditioning. The technician will be able to inform you of the condition of your furnace and if it’s time to start to budget for a new furnace.
Once you make the decision to replace your furnace it’s important to get a few quotes to replace your furnace. Be aware that you want to receive a quote and not an estimate. The difference is that a quote is the price, no hidden surprises or extras; an estimate is simply the estimated cost for the job. That is to say it’s not a firm price. When replacing a furnace we are able to give you a firm price without any hidden or unforeseen costs. Most companies will offer you a free quote, you shouldn’t have to pay a salesperson to come to your home to peddle their wares. Be wary of the “book now”. It’s very difficult to make an informed decision without getting a few quotes and doing your research of the products and services they offer. The company should be offering a 24 hour labour warranty. In Saskatoon when its 30 or 40 below you don’t want to hear that “the warranty is only during business hours”. Most responsible companies will offer the 24 hour labour warranty on furnaces for usually a 1 or 2 year period. The furnace manufacturers themselves will offer the parts and heat exchanger warranties. Make sure to ask what’s covered and for how long?
If you think you need a new furnace in Saskatoon please call us or visit us at our web jobheating.com.