Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

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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 stopped working properly. 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 it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may reveal 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 in your best interest to have time to find the perfect 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 more than 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 well maintained. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, 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 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.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making strange noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, take note 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 showing 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-833-5558 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. 

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