How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically 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 beforehand 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 HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Something to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair heating equipment – replace a part here, fix a piece there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

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

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