Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter hits and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system may 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 stops running.

Furnace Age

The average 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your options.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years 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 could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be more cost efficient.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to consider 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 could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start looking into 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 641-753-3563 and speak with one of our professionals. 

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