Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown. Furnace Age The usual 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 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 rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably 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 frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making unusual noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 as well as it needs to, 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 Air Houston Mechanical LLC at 832-777-1521 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.