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 some warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running.
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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of 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 correctly maintained. Imagine 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 last two years - a new system might be more cost effective.
Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 may 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 experiencing with your furnace, it might be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 715-352-4052 and talk with one of our professionals.