Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be traced back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not handled, your system may 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 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Imagine the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on 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. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is turning 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 can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies might notice increased symptoms. Some 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 researching 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 586-262-4258 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.