Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take a high number of calls from people whose furnaces have failed. 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 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold. Furnace Age The expected 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 furnace for your home over 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 possibly 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 in the long run 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. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making odd noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air. These are most likely 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 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 Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.