Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system could suddenly stop running 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 breaks down. 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 on the fly. Give yourself enough time to research and weigh all of your possibilities. 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 you could spend on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 very well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice increased symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 559-675-1681 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, arrange an appointment with us online.