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, the majority of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not handled, your system may suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down. Furnace Age The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to look through and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system may be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 630-833-1100 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.