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The cold weather has finally made its way to the Charleston area. And most homeowners, have no doubt, turned the thermostat in their house from cool to heat. Although a strange burning odor is probably not a sign that there is something amiss, if that smell continues, it could be. There are other things that you need to watch for that might also signal that it is time that your furnace won’t make it through the season and that it is time to upgrade to a new furnace installation.
Most HVAC experts recommend that your furnace should be replaced if it is older than ten to fifteen years. Not only do furnaces have a lifespan that will be reaching its end after a decade, over the past ten years energy efficiency has improved so significantly, that although a new furnace installation might be an investment up front, what you will save on energy costs monthly will be repaid in no time at all. Why try to push it another season and suffer the potential of a furnace repair when investing in a newer, and more efficient model, just makes more sense.
A saying that can get you into huge trouble in the HVAC world is, “If it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” If you hear strange noises coming from your furnace, they will not go away if you just ignore them. Squeals and Squeaks are a sign that something is rubbing or worn out and it probably needs to be replaced before it breaks. But before you decide to spend the money on replacing your old furnace if it needs to be repaired, considered having it upgraded.
If you notice that there are spaces around your home that you just can’t seem to keep warm, that might be a sign that your furnace isn’t able to keep up with the demands placed on it. Cold drafts are not only no fun, they may be causing your furnace to work overtime. And if it is working around the clock, you are putting undue wear and tear on it that might lead to its early demise. Even if a new furnace installation isn’t the issue, an HVAC professional might be able to make recommendations about how to overcome those cold spots with zoning or a mini split option.
If you notice that your furnace is turning on around the clock, then that is a sign that it isn’t working properly or that it can’t keep up. Most likely it might not be the right size, it is nearing its end life, or it needs a tune up before it does need to be replaced. But the only way to know is to have an HVAC contractor access the problem to see what is going on behind the scenes and to troubleshoot how best to tackle it before your furnace gives out completely.
If you added additional space to the square footage of your home, even just a small bit, it might be enough to put too much work on your furnace. If you didn’t already plan ahead by having your HVAC accessed to ensure it was equipped, now is a great time before the cold really starts to take its toll. Your furnace is designed to fit a specific amount of space, and if you have more of it, then your furnace might be overworked and inefficient.
If you have an aging furnace and are considering whether it will make it through another season it is best to have it evaluated by a professional at Custom Climate. We are experts at troubleshooting to find solutions that fit your lifestyle, your budget and that are long term to fix the problem.
Contact us today to discuss your furnace installation issue.