When winter hits and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running.
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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit 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. Think of 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding 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 odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 435-753-5515 and speak with one of our professionals.