Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many 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 functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative 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.

Furnace Age

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 rather than 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 possibly 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 be pricey, think of the money you’ll save over the long term on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making strange noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly or blowing cold air. These are definitely 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 cracking 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 402-896-5900 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. 

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