How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be running fine, it’s better 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 can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial 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 duct system 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 get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for qualifying HVAC 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 region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Something to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on qualifying heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save!

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