Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace working well and warming your home, it’s important to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.

Furnace Age

The anticipated 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 furnace for your home rather than 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 well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start watching how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making unusual noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off too often or blowing cold air. These are most likely 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 showing allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air enough, 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 start shopping for a new furnace. Call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc at 224-412-8308 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. 

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