When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, most of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop running 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 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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your possibilities.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Imagine 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 incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be more cost effective.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling 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 very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies might notice increased symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs 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 make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 614-451-0846 and chat with one of our professionals.