When winter hits and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems 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 look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running.
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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself plenty of time to view and weigh all of your options.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Imagine 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could 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 makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 713-469-3357 and talk with one of our professionals.