When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out 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 a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Buying 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 choices.
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 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system may be a better option.
Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to look at getting your system replaced.
A Dry or Dusty Home
Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A couple other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 724-370-0141 and speak with one of our professionals.