The average furnace is built to last up to 20 years. If yours was installed close to two decades ago, it may be time to start considering replacement as it’s nearing the end of its effective lifespan. However, circumstances may emerge that make early replacement a better option than sticking with your old system.
If cracks are found in a furnace’s heat exchanger, that’s a serious safety risk that can lead to exhaust fumes being circulated in the home. At that point, the furnace simply needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Even minor repairs can necessitate replacement if the furnace is already more than halfway through its useful lifespan; an old furnace has already lost much of its value, and newer options offer better energy efficiency and more heating power.
Indeed, it may be worthwhile to replace your furnace early even if it’s not having maintenance issues. The HVAC industry has come a long way over the last decade or two, and modern furnaces use much less fuel than their older counterparts. We’ll help you do a payback analysis to determine how long it will take for a new furnace to pay for itself in reduced heating costs. It’s an investment, but often one that can pay for itself through greater heating efficiency in just a few years.
Replacing Your Furnace with Hurley & David
If you’ve made the decision to replace your furnace, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you’re set for efficient, effective heating. The process begins with a heat loss calculation, so called because it depends on the heat your home loses through its roof, walls, doors and windows, to determine the house’s heating load. Improper sizing is a very common cause of maintenance issues, and this calculation allows us to make sure your system fits your home like a glove. We won’t just take sizing information from your existing furnace; after all, it may have been improperly sized in the first place. And even if it wasn’t, your home’s heating needs may have changed (for instance, a renovation).
Once we have the sizing information we need, we’ll help you choose a replacement furnace to meet your heating needs. Our technicians know furnaces inside and out, and we make sure every system we install meets the manufacturer’s specifications as a bare minimum.
A replacement furnace is a major investment in your home, and we’ll be glad to help you make it a good one. Give us a call at (413) 732-3141 to see what Hurley & David can do for you.