How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

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

If your heating system has seasonal 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 really a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s best 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 seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research ahead of time is to see what tax credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific HVAC equipment – but it’s only until 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.

One thing to think about if your furnace isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will exceed the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t sure about your heating equipment’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Bob Brown Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Bob Brown Service Experts is providing discounts on certain heating and cooling systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!

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