As time goes on, the furnace in your home can get old and cranky. It may take longer to heat your home or start making noises that make you feel uncomfortable. The truth is, as furnaces get older, they do get less efficient AND less safe to operate.
As furnaces age, the parts within your furnace can start to break down. The main one that you have to be aware of is the heat exchanger. This is a part that you cannot see, but the heat exchanger is what gets hot inside your furnace, and then your furnace blower pushes area through the heat exchanger. The warm air is what then heats your home.
Over the lifespan of a furnace, as the heat exchanger fires over and over again, the metal can start to weaken. Eventually the metal can crack, which then leads to carbon monoxide leaking into your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, and large amounts of it can be dangerous for you and your family. That’s why it is important to have your furnace checked every year as part of planned maintenance. A furnace tune-up can help identify these types of issues.
As furnaces age, all the parts within a furnace start to get dirty and worn down. When this happens, your furnace has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat as it did before. When your furnace has to work harder, it uses more utilities in the way of gas and electricity to run. This then increases your energy bills.
Plus, the heating industry has started to produce high efficiency furnaces that can save you significant amounts of money. If you have a furnace 15 years or older, you can usually save 15 – 20% a year on your heating bills just by replacing your equipment. New furnaces also have technologies available that can actually make your home more comfortable as well.
Contact Hartley’s Climate Control, and we would be happy to answer any questions about that old furnace of yours!
mxchartleys December 9th, 2015