When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out 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 safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your choices.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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 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 ends up with 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 efficient.
Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some 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 may 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 308-321-4703 and talk with one of our professionals.