Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch 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 smart to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to research 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 properly maintained. Envision the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

The last couple years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs 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 weird noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it might be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 309-323-9584 and speak with one of our professionals. 

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