Winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s important to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.
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 in your best interest to have time to find the best-suited furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
If your utility bills are rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces run less efficiently. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling 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.
Is your furnace making unusual noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, take note if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 having allergy flare-ups, 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 splitting woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning at 432-237-0168 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.