When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
The normal life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to look through and weigh all of your options.
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 properly 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system could be more cost effective.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice increased symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 636-206-4250 and chat with one of our professionals.