How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also important to consider 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 duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only until 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.

One thing to think about if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t positive about your heating system’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so call us and find out how much you can save!

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