The condition of your heating unit may not be on your list of priorities. However, the longer you hang on to your old furnace, the more you’ll be paying on energy costs and repairs! Don’t wait until your heating system breaks down to upgrade it; by staying observant and looking out for the signs in advance, you’ll save money with an upgrade.
Not sure if it’s time for an upgrade? These are the three signs that indicate it’s time!
1. You’ve Had The Unit For Over 18 Years
An HVAC system should be replaced every 20-25 years, as the unit will become inefficient. Modern furnace systems are far more efficient because they convert the majority of its fuel to heating your home. When installed correctly, new heating units can save you up to 20% on your heating costs.
2. Fluctuating Heating Temperatures
If you find yourself frequently turning up the heat to only have your living space warm by a degree or two, your heating system may be defective. Older heating units become less efficient over time and are unable to distribute heat to a home as well as it could before. This results in an inconsistency in your home’s temperature which is not only frustrating to deal with, but increases energy costs. There are several potential reasons for the varying temperatures in a space, including a blocked register preventing warm air from passing through the vents or dirty air filters blocking optimal airflow.
3. Unusual Furnace Sounds and Smells
Hearing unusual and excessive noise from your heating system unit should certainly not be dismissed as an isolated occurrence. Rattling, squealing and occasional banging may be common noises that happen when the furnace is heating up. However, when these noises become louder and stranger, it could be a warning that your system is headed for a breakdown. There are also various smells that can emit from your furnace that should never be ignored. Some of the smells that are cause for concern include:
- Rotten egg smell: This may be the result of a gas leak coming from the furnace that requires immediate attention.
- Electrical smell: An overheating, electrical smell could be caused by actual burning or other electrical-related issues.
- Smoke: A burning smell that lasts longer than a day is cause for concern.
- Musty smell: Mould may have formed in the air ducts of the unit, which emits a musty smell, and when exposed to it, can cause health risks.
You and your loved ones deserve to always be warm and comfortable in your living space. Inkster Heating & Cooling can ensure optimal heating for your home with a modern, efficient heating unit. The best place to purchase an effective and affordable furnace in Winnipeg, we also guarantee prompt installation by our skilled technicians. To get a free quote on one of our services, contact us online or give us a call today!