Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 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 stopped working properly. 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 it maintained 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 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 best to have time to find the best furnace for your home over 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 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 be expensive, think of the money you’ll save over the long term 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 strange noises? Often 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 as well as it needs to, 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-257-7035 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.