Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.
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 best 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 maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start watching how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 well, nor does it humidify the air. Other signs that your furnace isn’t filtering or humidifying air are dried out woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Air Concepts of Middle Georgia at 478-200-5689 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home.