Over the colder December and January months here in Cloquet, you’ve probably been relying heavily on your furnace to keep your home warm. It’s a good time to check everything is in working order, especially if your furnace is more than ten years old. Follow this quick guide of signs your it may be time for furnace replacement service in Cloquet, MN before you call a technician.
Age Over Ten Years
At the ten year mark, Energy Star recommends consumers replace a furnace. Most heating repair services will say between 10 and 14 years depending on the condition of your model. If your furnace is over 10 years, newer models with higher Energy Star efficiency ratings could save you money on utility bills each month.
Pilot Light Color
Look at the color of the pilot light on your furnace. If it’s working properly, it should burn a mostly solid blue color with just a hint of yellow-orange at the tip. If your pilot is completely orange or yellow in color, it’s a sign of the fuel burning improperly and could also be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, so make sure to turn off the gas supply to your furnace and call a technician if this is happening. While a technician can patch a carbon monoxide leak, there’s no 100% guarantee the leak won’t come back, so it may be safer and more cost effective to just invest the money you would spend repairing a leak into replacing your old furnace.
Utility Bill Increases
If you haven’t changed your habits around the thermostat settings and your utility bills are going through the roof, it may be time to replace your furnace. When furnaces age, parts accumulate wear and tear over the years, even with regular filter changes and maintenance service. As a furnace wears out, it has to work harder to move air through its system and heat the home, and that translates into higher bills for you since efficiency is down. It’s a good idea to have a technician take a look to see if replacing a worn out part could fix the problem or if it would be better to invest in a newer furnace.
Signs of a Carbon Monoxide Leak
Just as a pilot light color is a sign of carbon monoxide leaking into the home, it’s important to replace a furnace or get leaks fixed if you notice a trail of soot near the furnace or see condensation in the form of water droplets or fog around the windows in your home.
More Frequent Breakdowns
If you have had repairs done several times in the past three years on your furnace, you are probably investing more than you should on repairs. Spend some time investigating newer models and see how much you could save over time in utilities rather than paying for repeated interruptions to your comfort and peace of mind.
Call Tollerud Heating & Cooling at 218-879-6698 today to set up your furnace replacement service in Cloquet, MN.