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Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

We find that winter is a busy season for us as we take many calls from people whose furnaces have stopped working properly. Many times, the problem is due to 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 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 anticipated 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 best to have time to find the best-suited furnace for your home over having to replace your furnace in an emergency situation.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

If your utility bills are rising, but you haven’t increased usage, it’s most likely time for a furnace service appointment or maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces run less efficiently. 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 most often during the last two years of their lifespan. If you are feeling 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.

Strange Noises

Is your furnace making strange noises? Every so often, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cold air. These are definitely 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 splitting woodwork and static shocks.

If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to start shopping for a new furnace. Call ACS Inc at 770-939-7500 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.