Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be traced back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system may 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 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself enough time to look through and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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 spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system might be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 very well. Your home may 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 feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 704-485-5506 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, set up an appointment with us online.