Count on Petro for guidance and help with furnace
replacement services and repairs.
As one of the most important investments and pieces of equipment in your home, it
pays to keep track of just how efficiently and effectively your warm air oil or
natural gas furnace is running. You need to know when to replace it before it costs
you more in repairs than a new purchase or if it becomes unsafe. A comfortable and
healthy home environment requires an energy-efficient and safe heating system. One
that heats the home without using large amounts of energy and that doesn't endanger
the indoor air quality.
How do you know when it's time to consider getting a new furnace?
If your oil or natural gas furnace is 12 years old or younger, and has been properly
maintained, you shouldn't need to worry about replacing your unit just yet. Instead,
you should spend some time and money to improve the energy-efficiency in other areas
of your home and ensure that you perform regular, proper maintenance of your furnace
to keep it lasting longer.
"Warning signs" of a failing furnace.
It is important to be aware of some warning signs from your oil or natural gas furnace
that indicate it may need replacing. It is especially important not to wait until
it's too late. A cold, snowy winter night with a failing or faltering furnace is
not the time to assess your heating system. It pays to be prepared and information
is the key to making a wise decision. Below are some "warning signs" that it may
be time to consider replacing your furnace. Of course, not all of them may apply
to your particular equipment but you may use them as a general rule of thumb to
gauge just how much life left you have in your furnace:*
1. How old is your furnace?
A good place to start is to compare your oil or natural gas furnace age to the national
average. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and
20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping.
Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow time for you to
make your best decision. Most people prefer to replace their furnace as a planned
home improvement rather than a panic replacement when your furnace is faltering
or has already failed.The typical lifespan of a warm air furnace will vary based
on its operating environment, that's why it's important to have the system serviced
regularly by a qualified technician. They will be able to properly assess the condition
of the furnace and make any recommendations.
2. Are your energy bills going
Rising energy costs are not the only reason for high bills. Furnaces often lose
their efficiency as they age, especially if they have not been properly maintained.
As a result your oil or natural gas furnace may run longer to provide the same amount
of heat. This will cause your energy bills to go up. And, all of the money you pay
your energy utility companies every month could be used to help you pay for a new,
much more energy-efficient and energy saving furnace.
3. Have you had any furnace repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces are like cars. As they age, you can replace one part only need another
part replaced or repaired next year. It doesn't take long to spend $500 just to
keep an old oil or natural gas furnace running. Furnaces incur the most breakdowns
in the last 2 years of their lives. Another repair sign is whether you had to wait
to get parts replaced. As a furnace ages, it gets harder to source replacement parts.
Waiting that can be really cold on a below zero night.
4. Does your thermostat keep you comfortable?
Do you feel that some rooms are too cold while others are too hot? Or are you always
trying to adjust your thermostat to make your home more comfortable? This is a sign
that your furnace lacks the ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable
in your home.
5. If you have a natural gas furnace, is your burner flame yellow instead of
All heating systems run the risk of carbon monoxide emissions. However, owners of
older chimney-vented oil-fired furnaces don't necessarily face the same safety concerns
posed by natural gas and propane, since oil-fired boilers and forced-air furnaces
tend to be much less likely to produce carbon monoxide. Because they were built
like tanks and require regular annual maintenance and cleaning by a qualified service
technician, many of these units hum along safely and reliably for decades. If you
do have a natural gas or propane furnace, a yellow or flickering flame may be a
sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be created by your furnace. Other possible
signs of carbon monoxide are:
- Streaks of soot around furnace
- Absence of an upward draft in your chimney
- Excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces
- Excessive rusting on flue pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks
- Small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
- Rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible from the outside
Always be mindful and monitor your furnace for any of the signs noted above and
always make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home,
particularly close to your furnace room.
6. How have you and your family been feeling?
Furnaces as they age run the risk of developing cracks in the heat exchanger inside
your furnace. Carbon monoxide, if present, could leak into your home undetected.
Signs of this may be frequent headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea,
disorientation, flu-like symptoms. Should you experience any of these, air out your
house, open a window to the furnace room and immediately call a service technician.
Cracks in the heat exchanger can occur undetected which is why no one advises waiting
until they occur.
7. Is your furnace making strange noises?
Old furnaces often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end
of their life. Have you heard any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises
coming from your furnace? Another noise is when you hear the furnace blower running
excessively. Does your blower turn on and off frequently or does it blow cold air
sometimes? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.
8. Is your house dry or dusty?
Old furnaces often lack the ability to moisturize and clean the air in your home.
Your house air may feel stuffy or stale. Does anyone in your family suffer from
allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, viruses or dander? Or does anyone suffer
from dry nose, dry throat, or dry skin? Other signs may be frequent dust accumulation,
static shocks, drooping plants, furniture cracking and musical instruments that
do not stay in tune. These may seem like trivial and somewhat silly observations
but all suggest that your old furnace is not capable of providing you with the comfort
you and your family may want and need. Poor indoor air quality may also not be associated
with on old furnace, poor ventilation and other reasons can cause it, too. Please
contact us to have one of our service technicians assess your situation as we may
have other air quality services and solutions for you.
If any of these "warning signs" apply to you, it might be time to consider the purchase
of a new furnace.
Think you need a few furnace? Don't despair. It may end up helping you save!
It's a fact that a new furnace for your home is one of the more substantial costs
involved in home ownership. But, it should also be seen as a long-term investment.
All of the latest furnaces are much more energy-efficient than those installed even
20 years ago. So, while it may seem like a short-term larger expense, a new, more
energy-efficient home heating system will more than likely save you money in the
longer-term by lowering your annual energy costs.
We've got the furnaces you need to help you save.
By installing a new home furnace or heating system from Petro you'll improve your
home's value, enjoy fast installation and professional training on your new heating
system and qualified customers can take advantage of some great financing options.
Count on us for all of your furnace maintenance and repair needs.
Whether you need to maintain the furnace you have or need to protect the investment
in a new furnace purchase, the right service plan makes all the difference. Our
multiple service contract and protection plan options provide the tune-up, repair
and maintenance services required to protect your furnace investment. All backed
by around the clock service and support - in any weather
Think you need a new furnace? Have one of our technicians assess your current furnace.
Call 1.800.645.4328 now.
Make sure your current furnace is operating efficiently by scheduling a tune-up.
Should you repair or replace your furnace? (infographic) ›
Start saving today by installing a new, energy-efficient home heating system ›
Take advantage of special offers on heating systems ›
Call 1.800.645.4328 for more information.
*Source : homeenergycenter.com