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 linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. 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 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 age 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 could be going towards purchasing 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 330-821-8432 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, set up an appointment with us online.