Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is caused by 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 look for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time.
The anticipated 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 in your best interest to have time to find the best furnace for your home instead of 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 maybe 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 be pricey, 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 watching how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently 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 showing allergy symptoms, 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning at 717-383-4479 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.