Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.

Furnace Age

The usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s a good idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s best to have time to find the best-suited furnace for your home rather than having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

If your utility bills are rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces run less efficiently. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save in the long run on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air. These are most likely symptoms that it’s time to shop for a replacement.

A Dry or Dusty Home

If your home starts to feel drier or family members start having allergy flare-ups, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air as well as it needs to, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are splitting woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call Durable Service at 308-995-8177 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.