It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s important to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.
The anticipated 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 always good to have time to find the perfect furnace for your home instead of 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 even a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save in the long run on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more often 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 odd noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off too often or blowing cold air. These are most likely 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 as well as it needs to, 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 think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Cool Power LLC at 631-246-4029 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.