Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple 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 good idea to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your options.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend 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 may be more cost efficient.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is cycling 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 efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 828-283-0369 and chat with one of our professionals. 

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