How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You probably know when it’s time to replace most items in our home. For example, your HVAC system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows require replacement every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. But what about your heating system?

If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good operation, it can last 15-20 years. Once your heating equipment reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start considering replacing your heating system with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed appropriately, these high-efficiency heating units can save up to 20% on heating costs. Even if your heating equipment still seems to be working fine, it’s better to start looking now instead of waiting until your system breaks down in the middle of a long freeze and you’re so desperate you can’t properly look into your options. When contemplating new furnace options it’s also critical to consider your home’s air duct system. Leaking and undersized ducts can seriously affect your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency. New heating equipment is only as good as the air duct system that it’s installed in.

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

One thing to consider if your equipment isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re debating replacement is what amount you’re spending on repairing your current system. You can normally repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a piece there – but at some point the cost of repairing your heating equipment will be greater than the cost of replacing it and at that point you really need to examine long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs each season, it’s probably time to think about replacement.

If you aren’t positive about your heating system’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and warm, give Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we’d be happy to go out and inspect your system and provide any suggestions. Starting December 1st, Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is providing discounts on specific heating and cooling systems so give us a call and discover how much you can save!

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