Winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of 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 running well and warming your home, it’s crucial to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
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 best 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 going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of 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, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 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 dried out woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc at 417-739-4606 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.