When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop running 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 stops running.
The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty 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 correctly maintained. Envision 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be a better option.
Have you heard any strange dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is cycling 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 could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice increased symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 301-363-4699 and chat with one of our professionals.