When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be traced back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your options.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system may be more cost effective.
Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 724-401-1843 and talk with one of our professionals.