How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You may know when you should replace most items in our home. For example, your heating and air conditioning system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors need to be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has annual maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating system reaches 15 years of age , it’s really a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with upgraded, more energy-efficient heating equipment. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on energy costs. Even if your heating system still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking now instead of waiting until your system 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 important to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and comfort. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research in advance is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. Right now, you can get U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain HVAC equipment – but it’s only until the end of 2016 and hasn’t been verified past 12/31/16. Use this link to help find local rebates available in your region : https://www.energystar.gov/rebate-finder.

Something 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 – swap out a part here, fix a component there – but eventually the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are having to repair your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

If you aren’t sure about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give McElroy Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, McElroy Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and find out how much you can save!

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