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Do I Need to Repair, Replace, or Maintenance My Furnace?

Now that we are in the midst of the chilly season, it is probably safe to assume that you have used your furnace a number of times. Although winters around here are pretty mild, you depend on your furnace to keep you warm and cozy, as temperatures can plunge well into the 50s. If after using your furnace for the last few weeks you’ve found yourself wondering what services it needs, you’ve come to the right place.

Although built to last, furnaces are not immune to everyday wear and tear, so it is important that they receive the specialized attention that only a professional HVAC technician can provide. Only a professional can tell you exactly what services your furnace needs, however, we have provided a quick-guide below. 


It’s inevitable: you will need furnace repair in Birmingham every now and again. Everyday wear and tear can put a lot of stress on your system, which can cause damage. When your system is in need of repair, it becomes significantly less efficient, causing your heating bills to skyrocket. Plus, the longer your furnace continues to run with an existing problem, the more likely it is for the problem to worsen. Here are some signs that your furnace needs repair:

  • Increased heating costs
  • Loud noises
  • Lack of heat
  • Foul odors


Over time, your furnace will become old and outdated, placing you in the market for a new one. There are many benefits to replacing your old system with a new, high-efficiency model. An inefficient system can end up costing you a lot of money, both on repair services and utility bills. A professional can determine if your system needs to be replaced and correctly size and install your new system to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. Here are some signs that your furnace needs to be replaced:

  • The furnace is 10-15 years or older.
  • Increased repair needs
  • High heating bills


Let’s get one thing straight: all furnaces, young and old, need regular maintenance. Scheduling annual maintenance services is the only way to preserve your system’s efficiency while increasing its lifespan. During these visits, your HVAC technician is able to detect and repair minor issues before they become major.  Maintenance reduces the impact of stress from everyday use and limits the potential for dangerous problems to occur.

Call a Professional

You should only hire professionals to complete any of the services listed above. Attempting to service your own heater, or hiring an amateur, has the potential to make any existing problems worse. Our team here at Douglas Cooling, Heating, & Electrical can help you whether you need installation, repair, maintenance, or replacement services. We are dedicated to providing excellent customer service and getting the job done right the first time. We want you to be warm and comfortable for many winters to come. It’s never too late to schedule your services!

No matter what furnace services you need, you can trust Douglas Heating, Cooling, & Electrical to get the job done right. Contact us today!

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