When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop operating 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 stops running.
The typical 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. Buying 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 options.
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 appropriately maintained. Imagine 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 two 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 may be more cost effective.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice more symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching 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 318-855-2326 and talk with one of our professionals.