Could it be time to replace your oil or natural gas furnace?

☘Your furnace/heating system is one of the most important investments and pieces of equipment in your home or rental property.  It pays to keep track of just how efficiently  your warm air oil or natural gas furnace is operating.  It’s recommended that Having a licensed technician check your heating system annually, to know when to replace it before it costs you more in repairs than a new system or if the system becomes unsafe. A comfortable and healthy home environment requires an energy-efficient and safe heating system. You need one that heats the home without using large amounts of excess energy and that compromises the indoor air quality of your property.


☘What’s the right time to consider getting a new furnace?
If your oil or natural gas furnace is 12 years old or younger, and preventative maintenance has been completed regularly, you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing your unit just yet.* A suggestion from the technicians,  you could spend some time and money to improve the energy-efficiency in other areas of your residence and perform regular maintenance of your heating system to keep it lasting longer.

☘*Warning Signs* of a failing heating system.
It is important to be aware of some warning signs from your oil or natural gas heating system that indicates it may need replacing.  As new Englanders we know winter can be harsh,  now add a failing heating system and that is NOT the time to assess your heating system. As an informed homeowner, being prepared and having the right information is key to making a smart decision ahead of time. Below are some ‘warning signs’ that you should be looking for. Of course, not all of them may apply to your particular heating system, certainly you may use them as a general rule of thumb to gauge just how much life you may have left in your heating system:*


☘*How old is your heating system?
A good place to start is to compare your oil or natural gas heating systems age to the national average. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years.* If your heating system is close to this estimated time frame or older, you should begin doing your homework. Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow proper time for you to make a well-informed decision. Most consumers prefer to replace their heating system as a planned home improvement, rather than a panic replacement when your furnace is faltering or has already failed at an inconvenient time. The typical life of a warm air furnace will vary based on its operating environment. Preventative maintenance is key, which is why it’s recommended to have the system serviced regularly by a qualified technician. They will be able to properly assess the condition of the heating system and offer any recommendations that may be beneficial.


☘*Noticed your energy bills going up lately?

Rising energy costs are not the only reason for high bills. Heating systems often lose their efficiency as they age, especially if they have not been properly maintained. As a result your oil or natural gas heating system may run longer to provide the same amount of heat you experienced closer to new. This will cause your energy bills to go up. All of the money you pay your energy/ utility companies every month could be used to help you pay for a new, much more energy-efficient and energy-saving heating system.

☘*Have you had any major furnace repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces are similar to cars, as they age you can replace one part only then need another part replaced or repaired next year. It doesn’t take long to spend $500 just to keep an old oil or natural gas furnace running. Heating systems normally experience the most breakdowns/NO Heat calls in the last 2 years of their lives. As a heating system ages, it becomes much more difficult to locate replacement parts. Your now in the danger zone, especially on a Zero degree day/night.

☘*Does your homes thermostat keep you comfortable enough?
Do you feel that some rooms are too cold, while others are too hot? Are you always trying to adjust your thermostat to make your home more comfortable? This is a sign that your heating system lacks the ability to properly distribute the air or water /steam to keep you comfortable in your home.

☘*If you have a natural gas furnace, is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?

All heating systems run the risk of carbon monoxide emissions. However, owners of older chimney-vented oil-fired furnaces don’t necessarily face the same safety concerns posed by natural gas and propane, since oil-fired boilers and forced-air furnaces tend to be much less likely to produce carbon monoxide. If you have a natural gas or propane furnace, a yellow or flickering flame may be a sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be created by your furnace. Other possible signs of carbon monoxide are:

  • Soot on or around heating system
  • Improper or lack of an upward draft in your chimney
  • Excess moisture found on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces
  • Excessive rust on flu pipes, other pipe connections, or appliance jacks
  • Small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
  • Rust on the portion of the vent pipe visible from the outside
  • Family ailments such as headaches, nausea, disorientation and flu-like symptoms

☘*Always be mindful and monitor your furnace for any of the signs noted above and always make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home, particularly close to your furnace room.

☘*Is your heating system making unfamiliar noises?
Older furnaces often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end of their life. Have you heard any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises coming from your heating system? Another noise is when you hear the furnace blower running excessively. Does your blower turn on and off frequently or does it blow cold air sometimes? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may need to be replaced.

☘* Is your house dry or dusty?

Older heating systems often lack the ability to add moisture and clean the air in your home. Your homes air quality may feel stuffy or stale. Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies to dust, mold, pollen, viruses or animal dander? Or does anyone suffer from dry nose, dry throat, or dry skin?  Poor indoor air quality may not be associated with an older furnace, poor ventilation and other reasons may also be attributing factors.

☘If any of these ‘warning signs’ apply to you, it might be time to consider the purchase of a new heating system.

☘~Think you need a new heating system? Don’t panic,  you may save money in the long run.

It’s a fact that a new heating system for your home is one of the more substantial costs involved in home ownership. Hopefully, it should also be seen as a long-term investment. All of the latest heating system technologies are much more energy-efficient than those installed even 20 years ago.  While it may seem like a short-term significant expense, a new, more energy-efficient home heating system will more than likely save you money in the long-run by lowering your annual energy costs.

☘~We offer a variety of heating systems you need to help you save. 
When installing a new home heating system from McKee Brothers, you’ll improve your home’s value, enjoy fast professional installation and receive professional tutorial on your new heating system. Service Awaits Your Call.

☘~We’ve got all of your furnace maintenance and repair needs covered under one roof.
Whether you need to maintain the heating system you have or need to protect the investment of a new furnace purchase, the right service plan makes all the difference. Our  service agreements options provide an annual tune-up, repair and maintenance services required to protect your furnace investment. All backed by 24/7 service and support – whatever the weather.


☘Think you need a new heating system? Have one of our technicians assess your current heating system.
Call 401-723-1100 today. Service Awaits Your Call

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