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 stopped working properly. 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 maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before it breaks down at the worst possible time. Furnace Age The usual 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 perfect furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation. Increased Gas or Electric Bills If your utility bills are going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s probably 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 expensive, 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 you are feeling like you’re doing repair after repair, start adding up how much you’re spending. There’s a good chance a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making strange noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when a replacement is needed. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly 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 struggling with allergy symptoms, 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to think about shopping for a new furnace. Call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 877-389-2465 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.