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, most of them can be traced back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop working 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 good idea to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to research 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 correctly 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 couple 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 previous two years - a new system might be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to consider getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling 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 will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 601-268-3486 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, arrange an appointment with us online.