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 failed. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace running well and warming your home, it’s important to have it maintained regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may indicate that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before you find yourself in the cold due to a breakdown.

Furnace Age

The expected lifespan of furnaces can vary on a variety of factors, but it’s not a bad 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 best 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 climbing, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably time for a furnace service appointment or even 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 over time on your utility bills.

More Frequent Furnace Repairs

Furnaces break down more frequently during the last two years of their lifespan. If it seems like you’re doing repair after repair, start watching 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? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, notice if your furnace is cycling on and off too often 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 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 splitting woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc at 256-801-4701 and we can help you find the perfect system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.

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