Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace working well and warming your home, it’s crucial to have schedule maintenance 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
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 perfect 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 run less efficiently. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, 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 it seems 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 odd noises? Many 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 undoubtedly 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 start shopping for a new furnace. Call Brogan Heating & AC Inc at 507-218-0088 and we can help you find the best system for your home.