When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
The typical 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 in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your choices.
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 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 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 may be a better option.
Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few 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 could be time to start thinking about 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 208-621-0129 and chat with one of our professionals.