Over 15 Years Old
Being over 15 years old does not automatically mean a furnace should be replaced, but HOA management companies typically replace furnaces in common buildings when the former are between 16 and 20 years old. If the furnace is approaching 20 years old and routinely has serious operational problems, it is probably time to replace the unit with a new one.
High Gas/Electric Bills
The older most furnaces get, the less energy efficient they become. The more the efficiency of a furnace declines, the higher the gas or electric bill for the building in which it resides will rise. When a community has several furnaces that need replacement, it could easily pay thousands of dollars in unnecessary monthly energy costs due to the inefficient operation of the equipment.
Burner Flame is Yellow
A yellow burner flame signifies the presence of carbon dioxide, which can be created by furnaces in increasing amounts as they age. In addition to signifying a recalcitrant furnace, carbon dioxide can be fatal to humans and animals. Additional signs of carbon monoxide emission from a furnace include: soot around the furnace and excess moisture on cold surfaces such as window panes.
Uneven heating can have several causes, such as leaky air ducts, improperly positioned air registers, or a slow air distribution fan. If the problem is the motor of the air distribution fan, replacing the furnace may be less expensive than repairing the fan motor. An HOA management company that oversees your community’s HVAC needs can make the right call.
If your community needs assistance deciding whether to replace the furnace in a common building, contact an HOA management company that has experience with HVAC issues.