The furnace is an essential part of any home in Edmonton, especially during those chilly winter nights. As such, it is essential to ensure that your furnace is functioning properly and is well-maintained. When repairs are needed, it should be fixed right away, and if a furnace replacement is necessary, then it should be done immediately.

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So how do you tell when your furnace needs replacing? You will find a list of some of the key indicators that your furnace may be in need of replacing. Being alert to these factors is vital – after all, the last thing that you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of a cold snap when you could have easily had it replaced a couple of months prior.

The Age of the Furnace

Most furnaces have a life expectancy of between 16 and 20 years. So, if your furnace is ‘younger’ than this, you should not have nothing to worry about. Once your furnace enters its 16th year, though, it is definitely worthwhile to get it checked out by a trusted professional like Capital Plumbing & Heating to see if a replacement is necessary.

Physical Traces In and Around the Furnace

If you notice condensation forming on windows and walls, or soot starting to settle around the furnace, it may not be working as well as it should. Other warning signs that your furnace may be in need of replacing include water leaking or dripping from the furnace (especially around the chimney base, the flue pipe, and the vent) and rust appearing to excess on piping and metal parts connected to the furnace.

Presence of Carbon Monoxide 

Colorless and odorless, carbon monoxide gas can have drastic effects on your family’s health, causing respiratory problems, tiredness, low mood, and even death in severe cases. Get a carbon monoxide detector installed in the appropriate areas of your home so that you can see if carbon monoxide is leaking from the furnace. If it is, then it is definitely time to look into getting a replacement furnace. After all, your family’s health is more than worth the cost of getting that furnace or boiler replaced!

Sources:

Is It Time to Replace the Furnace?, This Old House

Do I Need a New Furnace?, The Family Handyman