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 is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.
The usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe 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 over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
If your utility bills are rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making odd noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently 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 showing allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air as well as it needs to, 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc at 224-412-8308 and we can help you find the best system for your home.