When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be traced back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop working 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 stops running.
The average 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. Buying 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 options.
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. Imagine 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system may be more cost effective.
Have you heard any strange dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their life. If your furnace is turning 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 may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 484-646-3363 and talk with one of our professionals.