Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, most of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.

Furnace Age

The normal 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to research 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 appropriately maintained. Imagine 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 few 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 strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their life. 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 all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice increased symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 815-410-1231 and talk with one of our professionals. 

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