Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, most of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down. 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. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your possibilities. 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs 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 may be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 in the home with allergies might notice more symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it could be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 706-722-5304 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.