Even if you’re an ardent love of winter, you probably wonder at least a little if your furnace has what it takes to keep you warm and toasty without missing a beat.

Here are the raw facts. For starters, the older your system, the less likely it is to perform repair free. Same goes for heating systems that aren’t professionally maintained at least once a year. Which means that if your furnace is at least 10 years old and you can’t remember the last time it was cleaned and inspected, you might just have cause for worry.

Whatever the circumstances might be, here are some of the key indicators that all is not well with your furnace – well worth paying attention to:

  • Warm over here, cold over there. Do you have hot and cold spots in various locations within your home? If so, and they’re within the same zone, then most likely you have an air distribution problem, such as under-sized ductwork, a blocked register or vent, and so on. If, on the other hand, it’s nice and warm in one zone, but a little uncomfortable in another and at the same thermostat setting, you probably have a faulty thermostat.
  • Too loud! Heating systems are meant to be felt, not heard. But if you hear all kinds of banging, rattling, wheezing, etc., chances are the root cause is either poor air distribution or a loose part in the fan assembly.
  • Utility bills way too high. Once again, the older the furnace, the less energy efficient it becomes. Here’s what you need to ask yourself with a furnace that’s 10 – 15 years old: do you replace it only when it completely fails, or replace it on your terms and spare yourself repair issues along with continued high heating costs?
  • Repair expense within the past two years. Talk about paying more than you need to! As your furnace approaches and eventually reaches its twilight years, repair problems are more than increasingly likely. They’re probable. So, ready to spend another $500 or more on something that’s only going to break down again, and again? Only you can decide.
  • How’s everyone feeling? If you or other family members are feeling poorly while at home but otherwise okay, you need to have your heat exchanger checked out. As furnaces age, the heat exchanger becomes prone to cracking, leaking, and releasing carbon monoxide into your home.

The moral of this story? Actually there are a couple. First, not all furnace problems indicate the need to replace it. Many are minor, easily fixed, and affordable to do so. Equally important, you’ll get more mileage from your furnace with annual preventative maintenance. So if it’s been a year or longer since your system was last cleaned and inspected, call Furnace Doctors now so we can help keep you warm, cozy, and safer all winter long.