Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace working well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold. Furnace Age The expected lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s a good idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s best to have time to find the perfect furnace for your home instead of having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation. Increased Gas or Electric Bills If your utility bills are going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or even a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills. More Frequent Furnace Repairs Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making odd noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off too often or blowing cold air. These are undoubtedly symptoms that it’s time to shop for a replacement. A Dry or Dusty Home If your home starts to feel drier or family members start struggling with allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air as well as it needs to, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are dried out woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call B & B Heating & Cooling at 314-838-9800 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.