When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not handled, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty 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. Envision 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 two 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 could be more cost effective.
Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other signs 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 ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 715-301-0256 and chat with one of our professionals.