Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take many 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 maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time. Furnace Age The expected 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 best 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 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 over the long term on your utility bills. More Frequent Furnace Repairs Furnaces break down more often during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems 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 unusual noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, take note 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 having allergy flare-ups, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air well, 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 Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 303-452-4146 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.