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 due to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have it maintained 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
The anticipated 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 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 run less efficiently. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been well maintained. 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 frequently 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.
Is your furnace making odd 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 frequently 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 as well as it needs to, 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 start shopping for a new furnace. Call Lakeside Heating & Air at 509-284-4265 and we can help you find the best system for your home.