How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

You probably know when you need to replace most products 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 need to be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system? 

If your furnace has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start thinking about replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be operating fine, it’s better to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering new furnace options it’s also important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can dramatically affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new furnace is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in. 

Another reason to research beforehand 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 cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been confirmed past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder

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

If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and cozy, give Stevenson Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Stevenson Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save! 

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