When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to research and weigh all of your options.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Imagine 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 ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system might be more cost effective.
Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around the end of their lifespan. 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 all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into 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 843-485-0967 and speak with one of our professionals.