Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s important to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.

Furnace Age

The usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s not a bad idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s in your best interest to have time to find the best furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

If your utility bills are climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making unusual noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are most likely symptoms that it’s time to shop for a replacement.

A Dry or Dusty Home

If your home starts to feel drier or family members start struggling with allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air well, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are splitting woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Rescue Heating & Air at 361-265-4371 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. 

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