When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be traced back to irregular 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 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 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your choices.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older 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 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 prior two years - a new system could be a better option.
Have you heard any strange dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises near the end of their lifespan. 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 could notice increased symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it may be time to start looking into 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 601-736-7362 and chat with one of our professionals.