When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could 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 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 an emergency. Give yourself enough time to look through 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 appropriately maintained. Envision 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cold air, it's time to think about 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 anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 715-504-0533 and speak with one of our professionals.