How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when it’s time to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 15-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s better to start looking into your options now instead of waiting until your system 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 considering new furnace options it’s also critical to take into account your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason you need to research in advance is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain 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 take under advisement if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair heating equipment – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your furnace will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace each season, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Barlow Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your furnace and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Barlow Service Experts is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so call us and discover how much you can save!

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