How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely 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 require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors must be replaced every 8-10 years. But what about your heating system?

If your furnace has yearly 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 considering replacing your furnace with a new, more energy-efficient furnace. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your furnace still seems to be operating fine, it’s ideal to start looking into your options 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 thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to think about your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can significantly affect your home’s overall comfort and effectiveness. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct equipment that it’s installed in.

Another reason to research beforehand is to see what tax and manufacturer rebates are available to you. This year, 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.

Another thing to take under advisement if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is the amount of money you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – replace a part here, fix a component there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating system will outweigh the cost of replacing it and that’s when you really need to think about 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 heating equipment’s ability to get you through the winter safe and toasty, give Mountainwest Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your furnace and provide any recommendations. Starting December 1st, Mountainwest Service Experts is providing discounts on certain home comfort systems so contact us and ask about how much you can save!

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