Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The average 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit 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 properly maintained. Think of 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 encounters 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 could be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A couple other signs 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 researching 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 478-784-1109 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.