How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

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

If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your system 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 considering new furnace options it’s also important to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

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

One thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then 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 think about replacement.

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

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