How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

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

If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start considering replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running 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 the luxury of time and research. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in. 

Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Currently, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your region : 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 repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement. 

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

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