Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter comes and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be tracked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system could suddenly stop operating 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 a good idea to start furnace shopping now. Selecting a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your options. 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 correctly maintained. Envision 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 two 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 previous two years - a new system could be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange noises coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool 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 very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice more symptoms. Some other red flags are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it might be time to start researching 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 717-597-9900 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.