How Long Does A Furnace Last? When Should You Replace It?

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A furnace is one of the most important mechanical systems in a home because it’s responsible for keeping the home warm and comfortable during the winter months.

If your furnace is no longer working as it once did, you may be wondering if you should continue to have it repaired, or if you should have the furnace replaced.

In this article, we will provide you with insight into the lifespan of a furnace so that you will know if it’s time to invest in a new furnace for your home.

Average Furnace Lifespan

The average lifespan of a furnace (depending on the model) is about 10 to 40 years.

Besides the model of the furnace, some of the other things that also impact a furnace’s lifespan include how often it’s used each year, fuel source, and of course the quality of furnace maintenance.

Yes, the model, fuel source, maintenance, and frequency of use are all important things that play into how long a furnace lasts but some of the other important things that can affect a furnace include:

  • Unit Quality – Let’s face it, you will get what you pay for and the same is true with furnaces because a premium furnace will often outlast a mid-range or value model.
  • Extreme Thermostat Setting – Another thing that can play a part when it comes to furnace lifespan is where you set your thermostat during the winter because if it’s set too high, your furnace will constantly be overworking just to heat your home.
  • Ductwork – The ductwork in your home is the key to success when it comes to heating your home because if those ducts have too must dust, dirt or debris backed up in them your furnace will have to work harder just to heat your home. The same is true with ductwork that has gaps, tears, or openings, if warm air is escaping, your furnace will have to work harder to heat your home.

Contact Air Care Heating And Air Conditioning

At Air Care Heating and Air Conditioning, we specialize in furnace maintenance and installation.

To learn more about the services that we can offer you, or to speak with us about your furnace maintenance and installation needs, contact us today at (949) 446-1606 or click here.

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