When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop running 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.
The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your choices.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately 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 ends up with the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system may be a better option.
Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice more symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at (616) 669-3961 and speak with one of our professionals.