When winter comes and we start taking 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 addressed, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.
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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your possibilities.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Envision 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 few 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 might be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning 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 can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice more symptoms. Some other indicators 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 looking into a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 916-243-6714 and chat with one of our professionals.