Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

We find that 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 working well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have it maintained 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.

Furnace Age

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 furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

If your utility bills are climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. 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 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 keeping track of how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making odd noises? Many times, 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 struggling with allergy symptoms, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air as well as it needs to, 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 begin looking for a new furnace. Call Precision Mechanical at 605-206-3766 and we can help you find the best system for your home.