Any Texan will agree that our AC units get way more work during the year than our heating equipment. Luckily for customers of Titan Air Solutions, Fort Worth winters are pretty mild, but that doesn’t mean that you want to be stuck without heat on those nights when temperatures do get a little too cold for the average cowboy or girl. Our chilliest months are just on the horizon so be on the lookout for these signs that a replacement furnace is in your future.
Your furnace is too old for its own good once it gets around 15-18 years old. There are a number of things that get better with age, but your heating equipment isn’t one of them. Energy Star recommends replacing your furnace every 15 years with a new model that’s ENERGY STAR rated, which means it’s 15% more energy efficient than others on the market. Your furnace might last a little past the 15 year mark, but you’re likely wasting money on higher energy bills- another reason it’s time for an upgrade.
Higher heating bills could be a sign that your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it could be. If you’ve been having your HVAC system maintained regularly and your air ducts sealed properly, you shouldn’t see a huge increase over time. As your furnace ages, the internal parts start to wear out, causing more steady increases, or even spikes, in your heating bills. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of delaying buying a new unit to save money, but they don’t actually save money because their utility bills are so high! By replacing your furnace in a timely manner, the money you’ll save on gas and electric usage will be well worth it and will pay for that new heating system in no time. Pro Tip: while you’re shopping around, be sure to look for a more efficient unit that has a high AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating.
You can’t get the temperature right. If it’s always too hot, or too cold, and never just right, then you’ve likely got a problem. It’s possible that the inconsistent temperature is due to something unrelated to your HVAC at all, but it’s more likely that your furnace just isn’t able to do its job anymore. Give us a call and one of our Titan HVAC technicians will be able to let you know if you’re having an issue with your thermostat or your furnace.
Something doesn’t sound right. Weird noises like clanking, banging, grinding or anything like it could be signs that your heating unit is on its last legs. It’s surprising how many homeowners don’t ever go near their furnace, but it’s worth a peek every so often to make sure that all’s well. While you’re taking a little looksee, be sure the flame is blue and not yellow, which could be a sign of a highly dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
At the end of the day, there’s a lot of things that can cause a furnace to stop working temporarily or for good. Replacing yours might seem cost prohibitive, but don’t forget that new furnaces have unprecedented efficiency and will likely allow you to recoup much of the costs through lower energy bills each month. Of course, heating equipment isn’t cheap so don’t trust just anyone to install it. Protect your investment and your family with a proper installation by one of Titan Air Solution’s certified technicians.