Winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
The usual lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s a good idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s best to have time to find the best-suited 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 climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or even a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. 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 frequently 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. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, take note 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 having allergy flare-ups, 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 think about shopping for a new furnace. Call The Frazier Company at 402-628-0206 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.