For most homeowners, the time to replace your furnace with a new one is a dreaded event. It is no small task to replace your furnace with a new one, but you don’t want to be paying for a furnace that is incredibly inefficient either. It begs the question, “how long does the average furnace last?” This is a complicated question because there are quite a few variables that are involved in the answer. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about some things that can have an impact on the longevity of your furnace, and how long you can expect it to last.
What is the Typical Lifespan of a Furnace?
When you are talking about the average home and furnace, homeowners can expect to get between 15 and 20 years out of their furnace before they need to replace it with a new one. This time table is going to depend on how well you have taken care of your furnace. You may go a little longer before you need to replace yours, or you might find that your furnace doesn’t quite last 15 years before you need a new one. It is going to depend on some variables that can have a big impact on how long your furnace will last.
– Furnace Usage: If you live in a mild climate, you probably aren’t going to use your furnace nearly as much as someone that lives in Alaska would. The number of months that you are using your furnace throughout the year is going to have an impact on how long your furnace lasts.
– Heating Maintenance: If you haven’t taken care of your furnace and maintained it properly, you aren’t going to get as many years out of the appliance before it stops working. It is Important that you are changing filters, having it cleaned and scheduling your routine maintenance appointment to get the most out of your furnace.
How Do I Know My Furnace is Failing & Should Be Replaced?
There will definitely be signs that it is time to replace your furnace when that time comes. Here is what to look for:
– Higher Energy Bills: As your furnace ages, it will become less and less efficient which will lead to higher energy bills each month.
– Frequent Heating Repairs: As your furnace ages, the parts that keep it running will start to get old and break down. This can lead to expensive and frequent repairs.
– Furnace Damage: You may start to notice that there is rust, cracking, and other signs of damage on the furnace as it ages.
– Uneven Heating: The whole goal of a furnace is to keep your home comfortable. If you are less than comfortable, it may be time to replace the furnace.