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 cooling system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your heating equipment has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, 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 a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s best to start looking now instead of waiting until your furnace breaks down in the middle of a terrible freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also crucial to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. A new heating system 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 credits and manufacturer rebates are available to you. Right now, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and air conditioning equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Follow this link to help discover local rebates available in your community : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is how much you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can typically repair a furnace – replace 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 that’s when you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace each season, it’s probably time to consider replacement.

If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your equipment and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on certain HVAC systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!

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