When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.
The average 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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to view 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 correctly maintained. Imagine 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 ends up with the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be more cost effective.
Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to consider 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 anyone in the home with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few 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 makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 478-202-3170 and speak with one of our professionals.