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 HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

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

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

Another thing to think about if your system 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 usually repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your furnace will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

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

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