When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.
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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your possibilities.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Envision the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be going towards purchasing 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 last two years - a new system may be a better option.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 increased symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it might 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 makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 318-215-7938 and speak with one of our professionals.