Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop operating 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 quits working. 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 in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your choices. 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 appropriately maintained. Envision 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add 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 weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around 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 can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could 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 540-483-5605 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, set up an appointment with us online.