Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, most of them can be traced back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, 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 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 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 possibilities. 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. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last two 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 a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. A couple other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it may 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 be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 760-784-9034 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, arrange an appointment with us online.