How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You likely know when you need to replace most things in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating system? 

If your heating system has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace 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 equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s ideal to start looking 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 take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in. 

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

Something to think about if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re contemplating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will exceed the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement. 

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

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