When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.
The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your options.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
The last couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to consider getting your system replaced.
A Dry or Dusty Home
Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice increased symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it might be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 1-866-781-0111 and chat with one of our professionals.