Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start taking calls about furnaces that aren't producing heat, most of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple warning signs you can be on the lookout 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 safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Choosing a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your possibilities. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get older and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last few years of a furnace's life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the last two years - a new system could be more cost efficient. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making weird noises near the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to consider getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice increased symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these signs sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it might be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 925-689-7017 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, schedule an appointment with us online.