Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your options. 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 correctly 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system might be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice increased symptoms. A couple other indicators 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 looking into a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 336-853-6070 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, arrange an appointment with us online.