Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 When winter hits and we start getting calls about furnaces that aren't generating heat, a lot of them can be linked back to the lack of furnace service and maintenance. If furnace problems are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop running and leave you and your family in the cold. However, there are a couple 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 a safe bet to start furnace shopping now. Buying a new furnace isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself enough time to view and weigh all of your options. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Furnaces lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Imagine 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 few 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 prior two years - a new system could be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any weird sounds coming from your system? Furnaces start making odd noises at the end of their life. If your furnace is cycling 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 very well. Your home could start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies could notice more symptoms. A few other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your furnace, it might be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or furnace service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 812-332-9100 and talk with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, schedule an appointment with us online.