How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

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

If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start thinking about 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 furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a deep freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering 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 effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason you want to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, you can receive 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 find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Another thing to think about 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 normally repair a furnace – change a part here, fix a component there – but in the end the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to consider long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on an annual 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 freezing temperatures safe and cozy, give Freschi Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Freschi Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!

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