How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when you should replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. 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 routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about 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 operating fine, it’s best to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a deep 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 crucial to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason you need 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 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 discover local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Another thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your heating system’s ability to get you through the freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Levy & Son Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Levy & Son Service Experts is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!

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