It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s crucial to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
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 perfect 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 more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save over time on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making strange noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware 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 struggling with 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 dried out woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call Heartland Heating & Cooling at 515-344-3579 and we can help you find the best system for your home.