How Often You Should Replace Your Furnace?

November 26, 2016

You likely know when you need to replace most products in our home. For example, your heating and cooling system air filter needs to be replaced monthly. Your pillows need to be replaced every two years. Your smoke detectors should be replaced every decade. But what about your furnace?

If your heating equipment has yearly maintenance and is kept in good working order, it can last 10-20 years. Once your furnace reaches 15 years of age , it’s likely a good time to start contemplating replacing your heating equipment with an upgraded, more energy efficient heating system. Installed properly, these high-efficiency heating systems can save up to 20% on utility 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 can’t properly look into your options. When thinking about new furnace options it’s also critical to consider 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 system that it’s installed in.

Another reason you need to research beforehand is to see what manufacturer rebates and tax credits are available to you. This year, you can receive U.S. government tax credits of up to $500 for certain heating and cooling equipment – but it’s only before 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.

Something to think about if your system isn’t quite 20 years old and you’re on the fence about replacement is how much you’re spending on repairs. You can typically repair a heating system – swap out a part here, fix a section there – but in the end the cost of repairing your heating equipment will exceed the cost of replacing it and then you really need to think about long-term spending. If you are paying for furnace repairs on an annual basis, it’s probably time to look into replacement.

If you aren’t confident about your furnace’s ability to get you through the cold season safe and toasty, give D & K Heating Service Experts a call and we’d be happy to visit your home and inspect your system and provide any options. Starting December 1st, D & K Heating Service Experts is providing discounts on qualifying home comfort systems so call us and find out how much you can save!

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