When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be tracked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, 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 breaks down.
The typical 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to research and weigh all of your choices.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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 you could spend on a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system might be a better option.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 very well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice increased 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 could be time to start thinking about 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 408-215-1018 and speak with one of our professionals.