Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop running 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 normal 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. Selecting 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 options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding 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 strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 efficiently. Your home may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 503-848-3838 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.