Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating 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 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 quits working. Furnace Age The normal life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Buying 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 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 properly maintained. Envision 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 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 could be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around 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 very well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice more symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 724-452-6280 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.