We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. 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 important to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
The usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s not a bad idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s always good to have time to find the perfect furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
If your utility bills are going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or even a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. 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 over the long term 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. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making unusual noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly 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 struggling with allergy symptoms, 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc at 740-474-5940 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.