Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be tracked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. 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 in an emergency. Give yourself enough time to look through and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Think of 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with 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 may be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching 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 very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies could notice increased symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 828-775-5176 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, arrange an appointment with us online.