Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, the majority of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues 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 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. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your options.

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 properly 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 two years of a furnace's life are when your system incurs 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 sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their lifecycle. 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 all that well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may 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 may 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 speak with one of our professionals. 

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