Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?01/05/2016 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 crucial to have schedule maintenance regularly. After maintenance, there are some symptoms you can watch for that may reveal 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 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 most likely time for a furnace service appointment or possibly a replacement. As they age, furnaces run less efficiently. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been taken care of. 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 often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you feel like you’re doing repair after repair, start keeping track of how much you’re spending. Chances are a new system may be more cost effective. Strange Noises Is your furnace making unusual noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when they need replaced. Also, take note 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 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 cracking woodwork and static shocks. If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to begin looking for a new furnace. Call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 575-887-7777 and we can help you find the best system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.