It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s crucial 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
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 best to have time to find the perfect furnace for your home rather than 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 maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly. While you may think a new furnace will be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over time 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 unusual noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 showing 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 splitting woodwork and static shocks.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call H&C Heating and Cooling at 301-960-3247 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home.