Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be tracked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems 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 watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down.

Furnace Age

The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet 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 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. Imagine 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system could be a better option.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 314-325-7552 and talk with one of our professionals. 

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