As summer comes to a close, the temperature begins to drop and it’s almost time to turn your furnace back on. Then suddenly, you remember that your furnace was beginning to have problems at the end of last year’s winter. Maybe it was making noises, maybe it didn’t start all the time. So, you ask the question: do I need to have my furnace repaired, or is it time to get a new furnace altogether?

Before we get into the signs you should look for to determine if you need a new furnace, you should consult an HVAC professional in Ottawa about the health of your HVAC system. A general rule of thumb is to have your system checked annually, especially if it’s 10 years old or more. This consult will help you determine the working condition of your furnace which can save you a lot of money in maintenance and repairs over the course of the winter.

Now that we have that out of the way, here are 4 signs to look for that will help determine if you need a new furnace asap.

1. Soaring Energy Bills

The temperature has dropped, your furnace has been running, and unfortunately your energy bills are higher than they should be. It could be that your furnace is not running as efficiently as it could be.

If you have an older furnace (ten years or more), the cost to repair your existing furnace can exceed the cost of buying a new furnace. Investing in a new furnace will not only lower your energy bills, but will save you money in the long run, plus come with a new warranty. All while keeping you warm all winter long.

2. Are Certain Rooms Unusually Cold or Warm?

Have you noticed a spike in humidity in your home? Maybe certain rooms in your house are unusually cold or warm? You might need to consider a new furnace.

Older furnace models become inefficient over time. So, even if your furnace isn’t necessarily breaking down, but you do notice these fluctuations in temperature in certain rooms, it is likely due to inefficiencies. In addition to soaring energy bills, this  can be a warning sign that your furnace is on its last legs and about to break down.

Consult an HVAC professional in Ottawa to check the health of your system and to see if you need a new furnace.

3. Dust, Dust and More Dust

No, you aren’t losing your mind. You very well could have a lot more dust in your house than there used to be. This can be caused by an old furnace pulling particles and dirty air into your home causing excessive dust.

While sometimes this can mean that you just need to clean the air ducts in your home, it is often due to inefficiencies of an older furnace. In fact, new furnace models actually clean the air coming into your home. The result? Far less dust in your home, cleaner air

If you find yourself dusting and sweeping your home more than usual, consider breathing easier and getting a new furnace.

4. Burning Blue, Running Like New. Burning Yellow, New Furnace, Fellow!

When was the last time you checked your furnace’s burner flame? The condition of the flame can tell you a lot about the health of your system.

Ideally, your furnace’s flame should be burning a bright blue colour without any flickering. This is the sign of a healthy furnace.

However, if you notice that your furnace flame is yellow or you notice it flickering, than it might be time to consider getting a new furnace. A yellow, flickering flame could mean that your furnace is producing toxic air that is being pushed into your home. This isn’t something you want for you or your family.

If you notice a yellow colour to your flame, have a trusted HVAC professional check your system just to be safe.

Need a New Furnace?

There you have it. Four signs that indicate whether or not you might need a new furnace. If you found yourself checking off a few of these boxes, then it is a good idea to not only consider calling an HVAC professional in Ottawa to come check out the health of your system, but to also start shopping around for a new furnace.

While it might seem like a big up front costs, a new furnace will actually save you a ton on your energy bill and run efficiently for years to come. Plus, Stan’s offers Furnance Financing Plans through Snap Financial. If you have any questions or want to shop for a new furnace, give the team at Stans HVAC a call. We look forward to speaking with you.