Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not addressed, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. Furnace Age The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to research and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been correctly maintained. Imagine the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last couple years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may notice increased symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 417-739-4606 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.