Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, the majority of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace concerns are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system breaks down. Furnace Age The average life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough 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 properly maintained. Imagine the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be going towards purchasing a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last couple years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system might be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making strange noises around the end of their life. 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 all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies could notice more symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these signs sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it might be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 703-369-5528 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, arrange an appointment with us online.