How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You may know when you should replace most products in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s best to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason you want to research in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing to consider if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!

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