How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good shape, 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 correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start doing your research 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 thinking about new furnace options it’s also important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

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

Something to consider if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a furnace – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point 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 confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and cozy, give Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!

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