Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch 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 smart to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your choices.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Start 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 odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold air, it's time to think about 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 can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice more symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it may 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 503-376-8806 and speak with one of our professionals. 

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