We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace working well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch 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 not a bad idea to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s in your best interest 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 going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably 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 taken care of. While you may think a new furnace will cost a lot, think of the money you’ll save in the long run on your utility bills.
More Frequent Furnace Repairs
Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making unusual noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air. These are undoubtedly 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 splitting woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Dearing's Service & Solutions at 812-200-5844 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home.