Like any machine, furnaces don’t last forever. Over the years they experience wear and tear and will eventually experience a total system shutdown. If this happens unexpectedly, it can be stressful to go without heat and scramble to call a technician for help last minute. If this does happen, however, Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, PA offers 24/7 emergency service.

Knowing what warning signs to look for with your furnace can help you avoid all of the stress and hassle. Look out for these seven issues and contact Modern Air Solutions if your furnace needs any servicing or repairs.

It’s Over 15 Years Old

Most furnaces will last 15-20 years, depending on the frequency and quality of maintenance they receive. If your system is nearing this age, you should contact Modern Air Solutions for a consultation. One of our technicians can help you estimate how much longer your current system will last and help you start planning for a replacement.

You Have Noticed Strange Sounds

When parts come loose or start to malfunction, they may start to make strange sounds. Some common sounds include banging, popping, whistling, rattling, humming, and squeaking. Sounds can signal a variety of issues and the best way to make sure your system is properly diagnosed is to call a knowledgeable company like Modern Air Solutions.

Your Pilot Light is Yellow

A yellow pilot light can signal that your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide from its heat exchangers. This is extremely dangerous to breathe, so if you notice this issue, contact Modern Air Solutions immediately. If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector, you should strongly consider getting one.

You Notice Excess Dust

If your furnace is getting old or needs a repair, it may not be able to clean the air. In this case, you may notice more dust coming out of your vents and into your home. However, this can be caused by multiple other issues as well. Try changing or cleaning your filter and air ducts first. If the issue continues, contact Modern Air Solutions to check your system.

You Have Noticed Uneven Heating Throughout Your Home

Uneven heating can be frustrating and make your Philadelphia home uncomfortable. Like dust, uneven heating can be caused by multiple issues. If your airways are blocked by debris or your blower motor is weak, the conditioned air may not be making it into every corner of your home.

Your Utility and Repair Bills Have Been Increasing

As your system gets older and the parts wear down your system will lose efficiency. This means it will use more fuel to warm or cool your home and your utility bills will rise. If you need repairs, you may also notice that they get more expensive over time. You may find it helpful to keep track of your utility and repair bills over time. This can help you analyze and decide later if you are going to need a new furnace soon.

You Have Needed More Repairs Lately

When your system is new, all of the parts will work well together and therefore, you will need fewer repairs. However, over time as the parts wear down and some get replaced, the parts won’t work together as well anymore. You may notice an increase in your need for furnace repairs.

This is also a reason why regular maintenance is so important. If you change your filter when it needs to be changed and contact Modern Air Solutions 1-2 times per year, you can ensure that your system lasts as many years as it is expected to last or longer.