Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop operating 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 quits working. 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 a hurry. Give yourself enough time to research and weigh all of your possibilities. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years 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 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 prior two years - a new system could be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises at the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing cold 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 could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A few 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 thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 308-995-8177 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it makes more sense for you, schedule an appointment with us online.