When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few 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.
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 enough time to research and weigh all of your possibilities.
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 appropriately 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 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 prior two years - a new system may be more cost effective.
Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. 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 all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice more symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it might be time to start looking into 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 704-233-7363 and chat with one of our professionals.