When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be traced 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 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 breaks down.
The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. 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 properly maintained. Envision 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system could be more cost effective.
Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may 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 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 302-231-1380 and speak with one of our professionals.