Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have schedule maintenance 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 you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown. Furnace Age The anticipated lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s a good idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s best 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 rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills. More Frequent Furnace Repairs Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making unusual noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off too often or blowing cold air. These are most likely 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 showing allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air enough, 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-848-3838 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.