Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 Winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous 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 working well and warming your home, it’s important to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time. Furnace Age The anticipated 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 in your best interest to have time to find the best-suited furnace for your home instead of 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 lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly. 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 most 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 unusual 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 definitely 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 dried out woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning at 509-397-3622 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.