When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running.
The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your choices.
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 could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
The last few years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be more cost effective.
Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to look at 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 may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 325-200-4667 and chat with one of our professionals.