Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative 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 expected lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s best to have time to find the best-suited 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 most likely time for a furnace service appointment or maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

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

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making odd noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are undoubtedly 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 having allergy flare-ups, 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 dried out woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Air Houston Mechanical LLC at 832-777-1521 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home.