When winter hits and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren’t creating heat, most of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can watch for to know when it’s time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working.
The average 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 in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to look through 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. Think of the extra money you’re paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
The last couple of years of a furnace’s life is when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you’ve been spending on furnace repair the last two years – a new system could be a better option.
Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other indicators are static shocks, drooping plants, and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it might be time to start thinking about 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’s comfort needs. Call us at (832) 957-9332 and chat with one of our professionals.