When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, 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 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 get up there in years 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 could be going towards purchasing 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. 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 sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to look at getting your system replaced.
A Dry or Dusty Home
Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home 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 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 (337) 234-2345 and speak with one of our professionals.