Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The normal 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 in a hurry. Give yourself a bit of time to research and weigh all of your options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately 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 two 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 previous two years - a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A few other red flags 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 thinking about a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 325-692-5850 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, set up an appointment with us online.