Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have failed. Many times, the problem can be connected to a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s imperative to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may suggest that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time. Furnace Age The expected lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s safe to start furnace shopping now if your furnace is 15 years or older. It’s always good 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 probably time for a furnace service appointment or maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. 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 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 you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making odd noises? Often times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, take note 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 having allergy flare-ups, 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 dried out woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. at 586-731-0950 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.