When a homeowner wants to better understand their furnace in regards to its longevity, a frequent question is asked, “How long can I expect my furnace to last?” Well, this question is not as easily answered as most people expect. There are a lot of considerations from its design, to the manufactures quality, and maintenance upkeep. To better understand how the lifespan of a furnace is determined, Hal Mechanical will explain what influences the life of a furnace.
Average Life of a Furnace
If you have ever asked what is the lifespan of a furnace, most HVAC technicians will say on average 15 to 20 years. Some of the highest quality furnaces can last up to 30 years. This is the quick and short answer to this frequently asked question. However, there is much more than just that. There are some factors that can help extend the life of a furnace and other factors that can reduce the life of the furnace.
What Causes a Furnace to Go Bad?
One of the common reasons why a furnace life will be shortened is how well it was installed as well as if the right size was installed. If it is not installed properly the stress can reduce the life of the furnace. The size is another major important component. If the furnace is too small or too big, it will reduce the life of the furnace. Dust and dirt is another factor. If dirt and dust get inside the furnace it will cause the furnace to work harder which will reduce the life of the furnace. Poor ventilation is another major contributor to the life of the furnace. If you have closed vents, blocked air vents, or you never change out your air filters, you will be restricting the air flow. Air flow restriction is not good or healthy for the furnace. If the furnace has to work through air flow restrictions, it will cause the furnace to die out faster.
How Do I Increase the Lifespan of My Furnace?
To extend the life of a furnace it boils down to proper care and maintenance. As a homeowner there are a number of steps that you can take to care for your furnace. As a homeowner you should change out air filters and the furnace filter regularly. Another step is to never overwork the furnace. This is done by maintaining the same temperature settings and only slightly reduce the heat when no one is at home. A programmable thermostat is recommended to help aid you. Next, schedule an annual furnace inspection, cleaning and tune-up. With professional maintenance your furnace will receive a thorough tune-up and any minor problems can be corrected to prevent stress on the furnace. If you ever find yourself in the market for a new furnace, and if you want it to last, make sure to buy a trusted and reputable brand. You will want a quality furnace to ensure you get plenty of time and use.
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If you want to get the most out of your furnace, you will want to care for the unit and make sure to schedule routine maintenance from a professional. For quality HVAC services contact Hal Mechanical today.