Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. 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.
The anticipated lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s in your best interest to have time to find the perfect furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
If your utility bills are climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or even a replacement. As they age, furnaces run less efficiently. 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 in the long run 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 adding up how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
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 having allergy flare-ups, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air well, 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 begin looking for a new furnace. Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-374-1934 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home.