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Winter is here and it’s time to check your house to make sure everything is working at its optimum level. While keeping up with your busy life and daily demands, the thought of home repairs can get lost within the long list of things to get done. But one of the most important things to always check is if it is time for a new heater and whether or not your heating system is working properly. All of us at M.E. Flow understand the importance of keeping your home comfortable and warm during the cold winters in Northern Virginia. With over 60 years of experience in providing the best heating, cooling, and plumbing services to the Northern Virginia community, we have created a list to show the five signs warning you it is time to get a new furnace.

Warning Sign #1: Your heating system is more than 10 years old
If your furnace is more than 10 years, it is time to think about looking at the cost saving benefits of replacing it with a more efficient furnace. If you purchase a furnace with an ENERGY STAR rating, it is more energy efficient and can lower your monthly heating bill each month. If you are unsure of what type of heater to get, one of our experienced representatives at M.E. Flow can help you find a new one.

Warning Sign #2: Your utility bill has increased
If you notice your gas and electric bill has increased from the previous years, it could mean your heater is not working properly and is using more energy to keep the house warm. Call a trusted professional heating company like M.E. Flow, and one of our representatives will come out to inspect your furnace to help you with any heating repair or replacement.

Warning Sign #3: In the past two years, your heater has been repaired more frequently.
There comes a point when the cost of repairs becomes more expensive than buying a new furnace. If you find yourself constantly calling your repairman to come out and fix your old heater, it is time to consider buying a heating replacement that won’t cost your finances on heating repairs.

Warning Sign #4: The burner flame is yellow instead of burning blue.
When this happens, it could be an indication that your furnace is producing carbon monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless toxic gas that is harmful to you and your family. If this occurs, leave your house and call the gas company to turn off your gas immediately.

Warning Sign #5: Your heating system makes a strange noise
Near the end of a furnace life, it will begin to make strange noises when it turns on or off. When you begin to hear a popping, rattling, or banging noise, it is a good indication that your heater is telling out it needs to be repaired or replaced.

If you are experiencing a number of warning signs, it might be time to get a new furnace or at least have someone come out to inspect it. Northern Virginia has trusted M.E. Flow with all heating repairs and heating replacements since 1951. Family owned and operated, M.E. Flow promises to always provide excellent customer service, dependable and quality service to give you the peace of mind you need this winter.

Fill out the form on this page, or give us a call, well show you how a new system will save you money.