When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be tracked back to irregular 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 some warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.
The normal 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your choices.
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 ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their life. If your furnace is turning 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 all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 256-270-1196 and speak with one of our professionals.