We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace working well and warming your home, it’s important to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.
The anticipated 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 over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
If your utility bills are rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are most likely 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 enough, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are splitting woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call B & B Heating & Cooling at 314-325-7552 and we can help you find the best system for your home.