Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, the majority 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 some 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. Furnace Age 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself enough time to research 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 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 last two years - a new system could be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange 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 any family members 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 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 302-658-2000 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.