While all furnaces have a different lifespan, generally speaking, a furnace should last 15-25 years without issue. That being said, the age and condition of your furnace will factor into its longevity, as does the quality and frequency of annual maintenance.
How to Keep my Furnace Lasting Longer
There are a few things to consider when caring for your new or existing furnace.
- Furnace age. After a decade or two, you may notice your furnace operating less efficiently or that it is noisier than before. When in doubt, always have it inspected by a professional to make sure it is tuned and still operating correctly.
- Make and model. Newer, energy efficient furnace models will last longer than older, less efficient models.
- Initial installation. If your new furnace is not installed correctly, it is likely to experience breakdowns at a higher rate.
- Environment. Your furnace requires proper ventilation and moisture control, or else there is a risk of rusting.
- Regular maintenance. Keeping up with annual maintenance is a key component of caring for your furnace, and will keep it operating longer.
When Should I Replace my Furnace?
If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it may be time to consider upgrading your system, simply because you can actually save money by installing a new, energy efficient furnace. Your best bet is to reach out to an HVAC professional to review the latest furnace options and determine the best for your space.
If you are experiencing any of the most common furnace issues, (less heat, taking longer to heat, higher utility bills,) these are all signs that your furnace may be on its last legs. Having your furnace serviced will help you decide whether a repair is in order, or if it’s time to explore having the furnace replaced.
At Robert B. Payne, we are here to help, no matter what condition your furnace is in. Give us a call today!