Have you noticed a steady increase in your energy bills over the winter months? Does it take longer than normal to warm up your home? If yes, continue reading. We know that the last thing you need is to have to deal with the hassle of costly furnace repairs and the inconvenience it causes your family during the cold season.
Since 1968, Climate Control has been here for Central Kentucky’s comfort needs, and a big part of home comfort comes from your furnace functioning exactly as expected.
The idea of a broken furnace during Kentucky’s winter months can be frustrating. Because your comfort is important to us, the experienced professionals at Climate Control created a handy 5-step checklist for you to use when trying to figure out if a new furnace is in your future.
What is the Age of Your Furnace?
While furnaces may be designed to last 18-20 years, the Energy Star website suggests changing your furnace every 15 years. If your furnace is 10 years or older, the less efficient it becomes, which leads directly to our next warning sign.
Are You Seeing an Increase in Energy Bills?
Have you noticed a significant increase in your energy bill in the colder months? Are you up to date on your furnace maintenance checkups? If you answered “yes” to both of these, there may be an underlying issue that’s having a direct impact on your utility bill, and that culprit is, in all likelihood, the furnace. If you regularly service your furnace and it’s still leading to high energy bills in the winter, it’s time to have a detailed unit inspection to learn about your options.
Hearing Strange Noises?
If your furnace kicks on and it’s quietly blowing air throughout your home, things are as they should be. If however, it sounds like wrenches being dropped or a mechanic clanging around in your furnace, it’s definitely time to have it inspected. Quiet efficiency is the sign of a healthy furnace, it should not be loud.
What Color is Your Pilot Light?
Your furnace’s pilot light should be blue. If it is any other color, primarily yellow, it may be time for a new furnace. Aside from that, a yellow flame indicates your furnace is producing carbon monoxide, which is both colorless and odorless and represents a significant danger to you and your loved ones. If you notice the flame on your pilot light is anything other than blue, call Climate Control immediately to have this situation checked out. Our team offers 24/7 emergency service for these kinds of situations.
Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?
Cold air, is perhaps the most obvious sign on the list. If you have your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature and your furnace is not producing adequate heat, it’s time for an inspection, and in most cases, a new unit. At the very least, some repairs will be in order, because the entire role of your furnace is to heat your home, and if it’s blowing out cold air, that is a problem that needs to be addressed promptly.
If any of the conditions above are causing you problems, give Climate Control a call or visit our convenient scheduling page today. Afterward, we will give you a call to confirm your appointment time and discuss how we can help improve the overall comfort of your home. If you are having an emergency situation, call us immediately! If, after going through our list, you’ve decided it’s time for a new furnace, Climate Control also offers free quotes for new units.
Much like our repair service calls, these consultations can be scheduled online. From there, one of our team members will reach out and confirm your availability.