Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, the majority of them can be tracked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems 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 breaks down. Furnace Age The normal 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. Buying 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 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. Envision the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last couple 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 last two years - a new system might be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 any family members with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 803-318-6995 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.