How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when it’s time to replace most things in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter should be replaced each month. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every decade. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating equipment has seasonal maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency furnaces can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your equipment breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you don’t have time to look into your options. When considering 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 comfort and energy efficiency. A new furnace is only as good as the 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. Currently, you can earn U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for specific heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help locate local rebates available in your area : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

One thing to take under advisement if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a piece there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to consider 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 freezing temperatures safe and warm, give Rolf Griffin Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Rolf Griffin Service Experts is providing discounts on specific HVAC systems so call us and find out how much you can save!

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