When is it a good time to replace your furnace?

Desiree Palmer
Friday, February 1, 2019
When is it a good time to replace your furnace?

When is it a good time to replace your furnace?

“When is a good time to replace my furnace?” is a common question that many homeowners have, and one that some might not even think about until they experience problems with their furnace. The short answer to this question is that the average lifespan of a gas furnace is around 15-30 years. However, there are several factors that will impact how long your furnace will last. These include:
  • Make and Model: Newer systems have longer lifespans and older units tend to be inefficient.
  • Maintenance: Scheduling yearly maintenance from a reputable professional will keep your furnace clean and efficient, as well as retain manufacturer’s warranties.
  • Moisture Levels and Ventilation: Too much moisture can cause heater components to rust and break down prematurely. Control the humidity levels in your home in order to decrease moisture and protect the furnace from rust.
  • Installation: According to Energy Star, over half of all new HVAC systems are installed improperly. As a result, efficiency levels can be reduced as much as 30% and can lead to premature breakdowns, insufficient air distribution and dehumidification.
  • Use: A unit that is used often is more likely to wear down faster. Systems that are used often should be maintained often as well in order to slow the effects of use.
  • Filters: Do you replace your filters regularly? During the winter months when the furnace is running more than usual, filters should be changed monthly. When a filter is dirty, it restricts air flow. This restriction can lead to overheating and damage your furnace.
So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your furnace?  An HVAC professional from a trusted source or company will be able to tell you for certain – call us at 519-761-3737 for recommendations. It might be time to replace your furnace if:
  • Repairs are needed more frequently
  • Your energy bill continues to increase
  • The repair bill is more than 50% of the unit’s original cost
  • You notice unusual noises or smells coming from your furnace
  • There is visible moisture damage
  • You notice a difference in the operation
*Always call 911 and leave the property if you smell gas in your utility room.

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