Realizing your heater is faulty after turning it on could actually be nightmarish. Especially when Spokane is expecting 5.5ft of snow this winter. But if you understand the signs showing that the heater in your home needs replacement, it is possible for you to prevent its total breakdown. This list of 8 common occurrences will help you decide if your heater may need to be replaced.
1. Abnormally high electric bills
Your electric furnace or heat pump could be at fault if the electric bills you get are higher than you used to get. Check your monthly usage, energy provider rates, and compare to previous months or same month from last year. If your furnace is losing performance in efficiency, it’ll cost you.
2. Short cycling issues
Once it becomes difficult for your furnace to turn on and stay on, there could be a problem. Short cycling can be caused by a number of issues including improper unit sizing, thermostat settings / dead battery, dirty air filter, or the furnace could have a bad fan control.
3. Members of your family not feeling well / having headaches
Might be due to cracks in a furnace heat exchanger, where carbon monoxide can leaked into your home, and consequently, making your family members fall sick.
4. Constantly adjusting the thermostat
If you still feel uncomfortable after making constant adjustments to your thermostat, this could be telling you that your furnace is not as functional as it should be.
As the age of your heating system increases, its inability to adequately moisturize and clean the air it distributes in your house could be due to the humidifier not working correctly or air ducts could be dirty. If you’re using atmospheric combustion appliances inside your home that might likely be the culprit behind the dryness in the air. It causes outdoor air to come in, and that lowers your humidity. Sealed combustion appliances or heat pumps are better. If it’s time to replace the furnace or you’re building a new house, go this route.
6. Unfamiliar furnace noises
One of the first signs that indicate a faulty heater that needs replacement is unfamiliar furnace noises. R&R Heating offers quick tune-ups if your furnace is making unfamiliar noises.
7. Pilot light is yellow
When your furnace is functioning properly, the pilot light should burn a blue color. This is the natural color of a flame that is receiving an adequate amount of oxygen. If the pilot light is yellow, the gas is already having a problem. A yellow flame means it’s not burning as hot and the thermocouple will not heat up enough, causing the gas supply to shut off. This can be fixed by an R&R Heating HVAC professional by cleaning out the air intake valve to the pilot light. Another cause behind a yellow pilot light could indicate lack of oxygen or that carbon monoxide is present in the furnace. See #3.
8. Recurrent needs for repairs
If your furnace has been repaired in the last two years more than once, or is over 15 years old, you are likely going to need to replace it as a breakdown is inevitable.
Your furnace should never be handled with levity. Whenever you take note of any changes in the mode of operation of your furnace, you must get experts to check it as soon as possible. Proper inspection of your furnace could protect your family and provide efficient warmth this winter. If you think your heater may need to be replaced, you can get a free estimate by giving us a call at (509) 484-1405 or fill out our form here.