Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, most of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system could suddenly stop running 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 stops running.

Furnace Age

The normal 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to view 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. 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 efficiently. Your home may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start researching 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 715-352-4052 and talk with one of our professionals. 

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