Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. Furnace Age The normal 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 on the fly. Give yourself a bit of 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 could be spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last few 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 last two years - a new system might be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 efficiently. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some other red flags 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 make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 903-883-2829 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, schedule an appointment with us online.