When is Furnace Replacement on the Table?

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When is Furnace Replacement on the Table?

Maybe you’ve been hearing a lot of extra noise when that heat churns over. Maybe it doesn’t feel quite as cozy in your Ann Arbor home during the winter as it used to. Whatever the case may be, you need to know when it’s time to consider furnace replacement before it becomes an emergency.

If the problems are relatively new or not as drastic, it can also be a good idea to have the contact for an experienced HVAC company ready for repairs, installation, and maintenance purposes. But if you pay attention to these signs and the situation calls for it, you might need to consider furnace replacement.

4 Signs It May Be Time to Consider Furnace Replacement

Pay Attention to the Furnace’s Age

For many homeowners you may not know the immediate age because the furnace was already in place when you moved in. So, the answer might be a bit of a mystery. If you can locate any of your move-in paperwork or the owner’s manual, you should be able to determine the age of the furnace. Your other option would be to find a model number on the furnace itself.

Most furnaces last between 15 and 20 years. If your furnace is in that range or older, it might be time to consider replacing it before it gives out on you.

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The Rooms Aren’t Heating Evenly

This problem can stem from a few different sources, but an aging furnace is a common culprit. As the furnace gets older and must work harder, it doesn’t always heat rooms evenly. And sometimes it doesn’t heat certain rooms at all. If you’re noticing this problem, an HVAC specialist might be able to give you more insight into the root of the problem.

A Shake, Rattle, and Buzz

Like anything else mechanical, furnaces are prone to start making new noises as they age. If you’re needing to turn the television up or find yourself talking a little louder as the furnace kicks on, it might be time to consider replacement. All of this could mean cracks, leaks, or other structural issues with the furnace.

Frequent Repairs

We understand that furnace replacement isn’t the most economical option for you to consider. If you’ve had to make multiple calls per season to the HVAC company because the furnace needs repair, it might be time to replace it.

Why Furnace Replacement is So Important

No one wants to discover that their furnace isn’t working, and their house isn’t heating properly during the middle of a cold Ann Arbor winter. That scenario is always a safety issue. But a furnace that isn’t working properly can also be a health issue due to carbon monoxide leaks, excessive dust and dander, and other things that can cause health issues if inhaled.

Our friendly and experienced HVAC specialists can tell you when repairs are needed or if you need to consider furnace replacement to fully fix the problem. If you have any questions or need to talk to us about furnace replacement, contact us today!

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7 Winter HVAC Tips to Get You Through the Season

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7 Winter HVAC Tips to Get You Through the Season

As we enter the grips of another cold, Ann Arbor winter, it’s important to make sure that your furnace is in strong working order and can last you through the season. Scheduling furnace repairs as the weather becomes unseasonably cold can be challenging, so a little routine maintenance and basic care helps ensure that your equipment lasts through the cold.

Taking proper care of your furnace before any of these signs of repair show up can help ensure you’ll have heat when you need it. You can follow these 7 winter HVAC tips below to keep your furnace in strong working order.

Keep Vents Unobstructed

Look around your home and make sure that the HVAC vents are open and unobstructed. If your vents are behind furniture, it goes without saying that your furnace is working harder than it needs to be, and you won’t be getting as much warm air.

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Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Your carbon monoxide detectors serve as the last line of defense, and your HVAC system is a common culprit when there is a leak in the home. It’s important to make sure that if any carbon monoxide should leak, you’d be notified immediately.

Check and Replace Filters 

When the air filter on your furnace is allowed to collect dust and dirt particles from the air, it strains your heating system. The air filter should probably be replaced every 6 months at a minimum, and 1-2 months if you have pets. If you go too long without changing the filter, it is enough to eventually make the HVAC system break down.

Inspect Thermostat

It’s important to be sure that your thermostat is working properly, ideally before the frigid Michigan winters kick into full effect. The idea is that you don’t want to go to turn your heat on during a cold snap and find out it won’t work. You can subtly test it by going only a few degrees warmer than it currently is in the room. If the heat doesn’t kick on, it’s a sign your system might need some attention.

Test Your Igniter Switch

No matter the type of furnace you have, it’s important to annually test the igniter switch to ensure that everything is working properly, as it should.

Service the Heat Exchange

It’s important that the heat exchanger is cleaned as part of your regular tune ups. Your service technician will disable the furnace and then carefully but thoroughly clean this area. As they clean, they’ll be on the lookout for any cracks to make sure there are no carbon monoxide leaks in the system.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

If you want to get as much mileage as possible out of your furnace, it’s important to schedule your preventative maintenance and let your local HVAC experts help you keep it in strong running condition. This can considerably increase the lifespan of your system, and furnaces can be expensive to replace!

We Can Help with Furnace Maintenance and Repairs

Proper furnace repair, installation, and maintenance is crucial, especially throughout the cold Michigan winters. The 7 winter HVAC tips above should help you keep your furnace in strong working order. Haley Mechanical is an experienced HVAC company with a long history in the Ann Arbor and Dexter areas. Our technicians can help you with your furnace maintenance and repairs. To find out more, or schedule a repair, contact us today!

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