We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take numerous calls from people whose furnaces have broken down. 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 crucial to have maintenance performed regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can look for that may reveal that it’s time to have your furnace serviced or replaced before a breakdown leaves you in the cold.
The usual 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 perfect 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 going up, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s more than likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces become less efficient. 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 over the long term 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 watching how much you’re spending. It’s likely that a new system may be more cost effective.
Is your furnace making odd 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 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 showing 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 start shopping for a new furnace. Call Northern Comfort Inc at 507-387-6596 and we can help you find the best system for your home.