Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, 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.

Furnace Age

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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty 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 could be spent on a new, more efficient system.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to consider 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 any family members with allergies might notice more symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 301-363-4699 and chat with one of our professionals. 

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