Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, the majority of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop working 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. 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 a bit 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 appropriately maintained. Think of 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 encounters the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. 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 very well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some 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 may be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 724-745-7404 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.