Many old furnaces run on gas or oil. Naturally, many of the dangers of these old furnaces have to do with their heat source and age of the furnace. While gas furnaces are an efficient method of heating your home, old furnaces can pose an array of health and safety concerns. Some of the dangers of an old furnace are:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Arguably the biggest danger of an old gas furnace is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause nausea and dizziness. Overexposure to this gas is deadly.
Fire Hazard: Without proper ventilation, old furnaces are a fire hazard. It is important to keep any flammable materials away from your old furnace as this increases the chance of a fire.
Gas Leaks: Another danger of an old furnace is potential gas line leaks. Not only can this make you sick, like carbon monoxide poisoning, but it can also put your home at risk for a furnace explosion.
How Do I Know if My Furnace is Going Out?
Tired of dealing with an inoperable heater? The issues below are larger repairs that oftentimes have costs involved that make it worth pricing out a new system. If your furnace is 10 or more years old, you might determine a furnace repair service of $200 or more is enough to get you to replace your system. These are some of the most common signs your furnace is on its last leg:
Cracked Heat Exchanger
Blower Motor Issues
Inducer Motor Issues
Control Board Issues
Rising Energy Bills
Even if there isn’t a noticeable furnace repair that needs to be made and you’re receiving heat as you should, you’ll still come out ahead in the long run if you purchase a more efficient unit, especially if your current system is older.