Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter strikes and we start receiving calls about furnaces that aren't creating heat, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace issues are not handled, your system could suddenly stop working and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for furnace service or replacement before your system stops running. Furnace Age The typical life expectancy of furnaces is between 12-17 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older it's smart to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Furnace Repairs The last two years of a furnace's life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on furnace repair the previous two years - a new system may be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your furnace is turning on and off frequently or blowing chilly air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older furnaces don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home could start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are feeling with your furnace, it may be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 313-537-8111 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, schedule an appointment with us online.