Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older 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 spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last few years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system might be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching 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 very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start thinking about 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 302-436-2922 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, schedule an appointment with us online.