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 requires monthly replacement. Your pillows should be replaced every couple years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating equipment?

If your heating system has routine maintenance and is kept in good shape, it can last 12-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s probably a good time to start contemplating replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be running fine, it’s ideal to start doing your research 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 critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. A new heating system is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

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

Another thing to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairs. You can usually repair a heating system – change a part here, fix a section there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will outweigh the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are repairing your furnace on a yearly basis, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t positive about your furnace’s ability to get you through the winter safe and cozy, give Stark Services a call and we’d be happy to come out and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, Stark Services is providing discounts on specific home comfort systems so give us a call and ask about how much you can save!

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