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 HVAC system air filter requires monthly replacement. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your heating equipment has routine maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 12-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start thinking about replacing your furnace with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on utility costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal 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 don’t have the luxury of time and research. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical 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 duct system that it’s installed in.

Another reason 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 certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only before the end of 2016 and hasn’t been approved past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing to think about if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

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

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