Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be linked back to irregular furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can look out for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system quits working. Furnace Age The normal life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart 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 research and weigh all of your possibilities. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they age 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 few years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system could be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their life. If your furnace is switching on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to look at 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 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 indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your furnace, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 973-884-0065 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, arrange an appointment with us online.