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Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

When winter hits and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, most of them can be tracked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout 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 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 a bit of time to view and weigh all of your choices.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend 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. Start adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system could be a better option.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced.

A Dry or Dusty Home

Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies might notice increased 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 could be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 732-806-5536 and speak with one of our professionals.