Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, the majority of them can be linked back to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. Furnace Age The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your possibilities. 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. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the prior two years - a new system could be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises around the end of their lifespan. If your furnace is switching 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice an uptick in their symptoms. A couple other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these signs sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 319-524-3714 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.