When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, 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 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to view 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. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be spent on a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to consider 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start researching 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 314-262-4541 and chat with one of our professionals.