When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system could 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 good idea to start furnace shopping now. Selecting 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 age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice more symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing 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 makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 309-517-7511 and talk with one of our professionals.