Yes, it’s not winter time yet, but summer is coming to an end and in the near future you will need to switch from using your air conditioner to using your furnace. Your furnace will have to keep you and your family warm all winter, but there’s one thing you may be asking yourself. When should I replace my furnace?
Answers: When Should I Replace My Furnace?
How did your furnace perform last winter?
This is when you should evaluate how well your furnace worked last spring or winter. If i broke down, produced hot air, consumed a lot more energy than usual or didn’t run well in general then you may need to have it evaluated by a professional for replacement.
Have you performed furnace maintenance lately?
Lots of people forget to take care of annual furnace maintenance or they don’t see value in it. These aren’t good choices as they can lead to having to make expensive repairs and even replace your furnace sooner than you’d like to. Lack of maintenance can also drastically affect the performance of your furnace. Quick tips: change your filter and clear out your stuff from around the vents.
Factor in whether you’ve performed maintenance regularly or not to whether your furnace needs a repair or replacement. If you haven’t performed maintenance lately, that may be all that’s needed to get your furnace back to working at full capacity again.
How old is your furnace?
Clearly the age of your furnace is one of the main factors in whether it needs replacing or not. Better brand and models will certainly last longer than others, but a furnace that is routinely maintained will last longer than it would otherwise. So understanding how strict your maintenance regimen was is part of the equation. Typically, a furnace starts to see decreased efficiency and starts to break down more often after 12 years of use, and you should consider replacing it between 16 and 20 years.