Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 It’s not surprising that winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look 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 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 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 climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly 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 cost a lot, 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 feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance 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 a replacement is needed. 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 well, 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. at 903-758-0701 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.