When winter comes 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 problems 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 be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
The average 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. Choosing 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 possibilities.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system could be a better option.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice more symptoms. A few other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 209-257-3156 and speak with one of our professionals.