When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be traced 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 breaks down.
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 in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your possibilities.
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. 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice more symptoms. Some other red flags 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 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 361-265-4371 and chat with one of our professionals.