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, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not handled, your system may suddenly stop running 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 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 smart to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older 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 few 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 strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold air, it's time to look at getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it may be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 706-695-7492 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.