Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The average 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 in a hurry. Give yourself a bit of time to research 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 correctly 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system could be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange dings 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 cold air, it's time to look at 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 anyone with allergies may notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few 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 might 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 309-762-3641 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.