How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the duct system that it’s installed in.

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

Something to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a section there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to consider replacement.

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

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