The fact is that most furnaces are only made to last about 15-20 years under normal operating conditions before they will need to be replaced. However, if you are like many homeowners with an aging furnace, you may be tempted to continue to use your furnace well past the 20-year mark. While it may seem logical to continue to use your furnace until it stops working, here are just a few reasons why you should replace an aging furnace preemptively.
Lower Your Heating Bills
No matter how well you have cared for your furnace over the years, an older furnace will be much less efficient than it used to be. The fact is that over time your furnace has likely begun to consume more energy to heat your home without you even noticing it, and you are likely spending much more on your heating bills than you once did. Additionally, not only has your aging furnace lost a great deal of efficiency, but also, new energy-efficient furnaces use much less energy than your furnace did when it was new. This means that you could stand to save a great deal of money on your utility bills by choosing to have an older furnace replaced.
Avoid Unexpected Breakdowns
While it may seem unnecessary to replace a furnace that is still working, the fact is that the longer you wait to replace your furnace past the 20-year mark, the greater the chances are that your furnace will break down on you unexpectedly. This could mean not having a furnace during the dead of winter when you need it most! Choosing to have your furnace replaced now allows you to have it replaced on your own terms, ensuring that you are not surprised by an unexpected breakdown that could leave you in the cold.
Plan for Replacement
By choosing to have your furnace replaced before it breaks down, this also allows you to plan when you want to have it replaced. If you wait for your furnace to breakdown, you will likely have to replace it in winter when it can be the hardest to find an availability to have a furnace installed, and you will likely be charged a premium on installation during winter as well. Having your furnace installed on your terms allows you to pick a time that will work best for you, and choosing to have your furnace installed in the offseason may save you money.