If you have a gas furnace that has some age on it, there are some warning signs you can watch for so you know that it is time to replace it. This can help save you save money in expensive future repairs. Even if your furnace needs repaired, spare parts for it may no longer be available for it. A malfunctioning gas furnace can also leak gas into your home, causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep reading to learn of three warning signs.
When your gas furnace is burning, you should see a blue flame. If the flame you are looking at appears to be yellow, this is a sign carbon monoxide is leaking into your home. The flame should also be stable at all times, and if there is a problem the flame will not only be yellow but will also flicker. If there is a yellow flame you may notice there is soot built up inside the furnace, pipes are rusty, or water is leaking out from any area of the exhaust system.
Dry, Stale Air
If you notice that your nose, throat and skin constantly feel dry, your gas furnace may be the culprit. If you have once healthy plants all of a sudden start wilting. This is because your furnace may not be able to clean and moisturize the air like a newer one could. If someone in your home has allergies, their symptoms may all of a sudden become much worse. You may notice you have static shock when you touch some things, and you may notice more dust than you normally do.
House Not Comfortable
If your furnace is not working properly, it will not be able to keep your home comfortable. Even though your thermostat may be set for 70 degrees, other rooms may be 75 degrees. This can raise your energy bills because even if certain areas of your home are not the right temperature, the furnace will keep working trying to maintain the temperature. This also makes the furnace work overtime causing even more damage.
Contact a furnace repair technician if you have any of these symptoms. Even if you do not and your furnace is very old you should consider replacing it anyway so you can avoid all of this from happening to you. A furnace technician, like one from Adams Plumbing & Heating, can suggest the right type of furnace and do the complete installation for you.