Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. Many times, the problem is caused by 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 be on the lookout for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown. Furnace Age 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 always good to have time to find the best-suited 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 rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most 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 maintained properly. 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 adding up how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making odd noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, take note 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Clean Air HVAC at 925-689-7017 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.