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, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your possibilities. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could 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 337-335-0992 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.