Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few 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 a safe bet 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 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 properly 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 few 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 prior two years - a new system might be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to think about 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 anyone in the home with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching 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 616-669-3961 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, set up an appointment with us online.