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 a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. Many times, the problem is due to 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. Furnace Age 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 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 rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most 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 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 keeping track of how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making unusual noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, be aware 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 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. at 804-379-1155 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.