How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You may know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system?

If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a terrible 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 think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain 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 locate local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing 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 normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about 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 sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Service Experts Commercial HVAC a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Service Experts Commercial HVAC is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!

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