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 failed. Many times, the problem is caused by a lack of regular furnace service and maintenance. To keep your furnace functioning well and warming your home, it’s important 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 a breakdown leaves you in the cold. 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 in your best interest to have time to find the best-suited 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 maybe a replacement. As they age, furnaces lose efficiency. This happens more quickly to furnaces that haven’t been maintained properly. While you may think a new furnace will be pricey, think of the money you’ll save in the long run 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 odd noises? Many times, older furnaces start making strange noises when it’s time for replacement. Also, be aware if your furnace is cycling on and off repeatedly 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 having allergy flare-ups, an older furnace could be to blame. It may not filter air well, 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. at 918-682-8238 and we can help you find the ideal system for your home. You can also set up an appointment with us online.