Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running 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.
The expected 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 climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or maybe 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 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 adding up how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making unusual noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are definitely 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 struggling with allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air well, 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 B & G HVAC at 641-316-3360 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home.