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When Is It Time to Upgrade That Older Furnace?

Your furnace has been a huge help through the years, but at some point you’ll have to move on to a new unit. Of course, you don’t want to spend the money unless it’s necessary. On the other hand, upgrading your furnace means better efficiency, performance, and safety. Here, you’ll see why it’s so important to replace your furnace after 15 years, and how a brand new furnace could help you to save money from month to month.

Signs that a furnace is nearing the end of its life

We generally recommend replacing your furnace after about 15 years, the average lifespan for furnaces in the U.S. But if you don’t know the age of your furnace, here are some good signs that you have an aging system.

  • You’re making a lot of repairs.
  • Your energy bills keep increasing.
  • The furnace doesn’t keep you comfortable anymore.

Older furnaces can become unsafe

Hopefully, your furnace is well maintained and carefully inspected each year for safety and performance issues (and if not, why not join a maintenance plan?). However, the older your furnace gets, the more likely it is to develop safety problems.

A heat exchanger encloses the combustion gases so they can vent to the other end. It’s designed to be tough and to efficiently transfer heat to the air. But over time, it’s possible that it could crack, allowing toxic carbon monoxide to leak into your home.

A look at today’s furnaces

Today, furnaces are more efficient than they have ever been before. With variable speed blowers that continually adjust to keep the temperature within one or two degrees of the thermostat’s settings, durable materials, and better efficiency than ever before, you’re sure to notice a difference if you choose a high-efficiency system to replace your old worn-down unit.

Boehmer Heating & Cooling offers heating system replacement in Pittsburgh, PA. Call our friendly staff for exceptional customer service.

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