When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues 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 be on the lookout 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 smart to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself enough time to view 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 appropriately 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be a better option.
Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 efficiently. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. A couple other indicators 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 looking into 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 comfort needs. Call us at 815-410-1128 and speak with one of our professionals.