Do you suspect you need a new furnace? How do you even go about getting a furnace replacement? How much will it cost? These questions can be daunting and in the spirit of not knowing what to do or where to turn, it could be something you’re avoiding or procrastinating until it’s too late. Colorado weather is unpredictable and the winter months can be bitter especially if you find yourself needing a furnace replacement. Having no heat and living in Colorado towns such as Fort Collins is not an ideal situation. Below are some ways to make your experience in furnace replacement a little easier and less intimidating.
Determine whether you need a replacement or repair. Are you beyond three-quarters of your unit’s life expectancy? Furnaces are like cars; the older they are, the more maintenance they need, usually incurring the most breakdowns in the last two years of their lives. Would the repairs cost more than a third of the cost to replace your furnace? These are all good questions to ask yourself when determining whether a furnace replacement is required.
Do your research. Educate yourself before you pick the lowest bidder or most expensive option out of desperation. Call Redline Mechanical to see what your options are and how we can best serve you. Every homeowner’s needs are different.
Refer back to your old energy bills. Have you seen a dramatic increase in heating costs over the years? A decrease in heating efficiency is a high sign to inspect your furnace for repair or replacement needs. Assess how much it’s costing you just to keep the current furnace you have versus how much you’ll save with a new furnace.
Are the rooms in your home noticeably different temperatures? This is often a major indicator of inefficient and old furnaces. What this indicates is that your furnace is losing its ability to evenly distribute heat throughout your home.
Does your home have soot around the registers? Older furnaces often begin spitting out dust or dirt particles. This not only interferes with the air quality of your home, it poses hazardous and dangerous risks of fires. This is also an indicator that your furnace is producing too much CO2 and can lead to excessive dryness which affects the walls, wooden flooring, furniture, air, and plants in your home. Suffering plants, dry eyes, itchy throats, chronic headaches are major indicators it’s time to replace your furnace.
What’s that sound? Is your furnace making noises it didn’t use to? Noisy furnace units are another sign you are in need of a replacement. If you hear your furnace rattling, popping, humming, or screeching, it’s time to replace the unit. These are indicators of a malfunctioning unit that can be dangerous to your home.
There’s nothing worse than having no heat during Colorado’s long and cold winter months. For expert furnace replacement services in Fort Collins, Colorado, call Redline Mechanical at (970) 663-6575.
Do it yourself furnace repair tips can come in handy if there are easy problems to fix with your home heating unit. Sometimes the breakdown of a furnace unit can be easily solved by simple maintenance procedures. Save money and increase your heating system’s efficiency and comfort by following these simple maintenance steps to keep your furnace in peak condition especially during the cold winter months.
Routinely inspect the burner flames. First, turn the power switch on and activate the burners by turning up your thermostat. Then inspect the burner flames. These should be even and blue. If not, call a professional.
Change the furnace filter. Change the furnace filter every one to three months. A $1 fiberglass filter will adequately protect the blower and blower motor. If you want to install a more expensive, high-efficiency filter, check the owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommendations. High-efficiency filters can restrict the airflow, strain the blower motor and make your furnace less efficient. If you want cleaner air, the best option is a separate air-cleaning system. Changing furnace filters on a regular basis increases the unit’s efficiency, resulting in lowered energy bills, and cleaner air.
Use special metal tape to seal leaky air ducts. Cracks in air ducts will affect your furnace’s functionality to operate at its best performance. Seal leaky ducts, especially return air ducts, with special metal tape or high-temperature silicone. Then conduct a back drafting test to make sure the combustion gases go up the flue: Adjust the thermostat so the burners come on. Hold a smoking stick of incense beside the draft hood. The smoke should be drawn into the hood. Also, inspect the exhaust vent pipes on your furnace and water heater (while they’re cool). White powdery residue can indicate corrosion. Call in a professional to fix these problems.
If you smell natural gas in your home, it could be a furnace gas leak. This requires immediate attention. First turn off the gas supply valve, typically located by your gas meter on the gas inlet pipe by rotating the valve one-quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. When the gas is off, the valve’s oblong stem points perpendicular to the inlet pipe. Then call your gas utility or the fire department from a remote location. Do not return to your home until you know it is safe.
For basic heating or cycling problems, there are a few steps you can take:
- Check to make sure nothing is inhibiting or blocking the flow of warm air. Something as simple as dust could intrude on these parts.
- Check your thermostat and make sure it is set to “heat” and that the fan is set to “on” or “auto.” Do further testing by trying to raise the set temperature 5 degrees higher and waiting a few minutes to see if your house warms up.
- Make sure the room heating valves are open. It sounds like a simple mistake, but a room could be cold if the room heating registers are closed and your first instinct is to think your furnace is broken.