When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop running 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 stops running.
The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself enough time to research and weigh all of your choices.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly 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 couple years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any odd noises 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 cool 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 any family members with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 503-663-8033 and speak with one of our professionals.