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Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have failed. 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 crucial to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch 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 usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s not a bad idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s always good to have time to find the best-suited furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

If your utility bills are climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or even a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up 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? Many times, 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 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 well, 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc at 336-853-6070 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.