Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not handled, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The average 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. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself enough time to research and weigh all of your options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air, it's time to consider getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice more symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it may be time to start researching 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 715-345-1979 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, set up an appointment with us online.