Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s crucial to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look 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.
The expected lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe 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 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 maintained properly. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are definitely 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 enough, 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 Three Rivers Heating & Cooling at 503-213-4433 and we can help you find the best system for your home.