Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular 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 some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.

Furnace Age

The typical 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 an emergency. Give yourself plenty of 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 properly 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system could be a better option.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could 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 makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 276-302-0076 and speak with one of our professionals.