How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when you need to replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter should be replaced each month. 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 routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your heating equipment with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating 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 important to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason you want to research ahead of time is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only through the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Another thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on fixing your current furnace. You can normally repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will be greater than the cost of replacing it and then you really need to examine 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 sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your equipment and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!

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